Mathura, 2019.06.05 (VT): Following Hema Malini’s outstanding victory, in the Lok Sabha Election 2019, Vrindavan Today seized the opportunity to bring readers and well-wishers of Braj a glimpse of what they can expect from their elected representative over the next 5 years. In this regard, we caught up with her local adviser and confidante, Shri Janardan Sharma to discuss the MP’s vision for this term.
While the people’s mandate does speak for itself, Shri Sharma tells us that Hema Malini’s first term as MP from Mathura constituency was utilized in setting up the foundation for fulfilling her dreams for Braj.
“It was Hema ji’s dream to beautify Braj, but on coming here she found the state of affairs quite distressing. When one reads or hears about Braj, it’s natural to assume and visualise it as a surreal, dream-like world. The reality is harsh though. The Braj she saw was a concrete jungle, full of dirt and clogged with traffic jams. Most astonishing for her was the near-complete absence of public infrastructure and facilities, and therefore, one of the first tasks she oversaw was the construction of roads. Connecting destination points on the ‘Braj 84 kos Parikrama’ was her priority.” he said.
The construction of roads and public infrastructure is a complex process in Braj, since three different Government bodies are involved – the Taj Trapezium Zone board, Forest department (central and local) and National Green Tribunal. Clearance has to be sought from these three, after which projects are carried out as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court.
“While the procedure is tedious, we can confidently claim that 100 per cent of the projects are either complete, in-progress or have been sanctioned,” he stated.
The second most important issue on the MP’s list is the rejuvenation and purification of Yamuna. Under the government’s ‘Namami Gange’ programme (NMCG-National Mission for Clean Ganga), projects worth Rs. 460 crores have been sanctioned for the purification of river Yamuna and repair, reconstruction and upgrade of Sewerage plants. The ‘one city one operator’ model will be India’s first integrated sewerage management program.
Shri Sharma assures that results will be “visible on-ground within a years’ time.”
He shares that, after fixing the roads and water issues, in this term, Hema Malini would like to work on her dream projects for Braj that are interlinked with the development of tourism in the constituency. These will include renovation of kunds, Krishna theme park, Sant Grah, Sunrakh city forest – which will be Asia’s largest city forest, cow protection, etc.
“Hema ji’s vision is being implemented by the BTVP under Shri Shailja Kant Misra’s directions. She is receptive to ideas and we would like people to share their suggestions. Braj’s development should be as per the shared vision of Brajwasis and their leaders,” he surmised.