Govardhan, 2019.03.02 (VT): A year after Govardhan erupted in protests against the government’s attempted takeover of the town’s three main temples (Mukharavind, Daan Ghati and Manasi Ganga), the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued fresh and strict orders on Friday for the formation of a ‘Govardhan Shrine Board’ which will see government ‘receivers’ monitor and distribute the donations that come to the temples.
Hearing the Giriraj Parikrama Conservation case, a NGT bench consisting of Justice Raghuvendra Singh Rathore and Satyavan Singh Gabaryal, directed Avneesh Awasthi (Additional Chief Secretary – Tourism) to table the bill for formation of a Govardhan Shrine Board, within 15 days.
Declining Awasthi’s plea for an extension, the judges warned that they will take action against officials for non-compliance.
During the hearing, advocate Sarthak Chaturvedi also apprised the bench about the authorities’ failure to implement previous orders given by the NGT, main among them being the formation of Shrine Board.
The bench also sought an explanation, from the DGP and Chief Secretary-Home, about the inadequacy of the police force deployed in Govardhan.
Taking cognizance of Court Commissioner IPS Anand Vardhan Shukla’a report on the state of cleanliness and waste management in the town, NGT ordered the district officer of Mathura to act swiftly on the issue.
In response to a petition filed by Gopaldas and Satyaprakash Mangal, the bench also asked the Department of Food and Public Distribution to submit a report on the quality of milk being offered to Giriraj.