Vrindavan, 2019.02.10 (VT): The Yogi Adityanath-led UP government has allocated a sum of (approx.) Rs.190 crore for development of Braj in its Rs 4.79 lakh crore budget for 2019-20. The annual budget was presented by state Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal.
Approved projects include an Auditorium for showcasing the cultural heritage of Braj (8.36 Cr), renovation of Vrindavan Research Institute (1 crore), development of Braj 84-Kos Parikrama (125 crore), setting up of Uttar Pradesh’s largest dairy in Mathura (56 core), development of 36 Sanskrit colleges, funds for sugar mills and provisions for improving law and order in the constituency.
The auditorium, which is planned on the lines of Agra’s ‘Sur Sadan’, will provide a platform to artists for showcasing their skills and Braj culture.
Renovation work at Vrindavan Research Institute (VRI) will include construction of a new water tank, and repair of the boundary wall and building.
Vrindavan Research Institute was established in the year 1968. The redevelopment proposal was sent by VRI authorities to previous governments as well. It has been approved after languishing for almost a decade now.
Funds set aside for development of ‘Braj 84 Kos Parikrama’ will be used to make provision for drinking water, toilets and night stay on the 252 km-long route. Each of the 34 landmarks of the Parikrama will be beautified with sculptures depicting ‘Krishna Lila’.
Uttar Pradesh’s largest dairy will be set up in Mathura near Gokul Restaurant on the Delhi-Agra National Highway. Dairy Development Minister, Ch. Lakshminarayan said that in addition to creating jobs for the youth, the dairy will also benefit the region’s 60-70,000 farmers and 3 lakh cows.
To improve the law and order situation in the constituency, a new Police Station (‘thana’) will be set up, and one Police ‘Chowki’ will be upgraded to Station level.
The government has also assigned funds for development of sugar mills across the state. It is hoped that this will help in reviving the non-operational mill in Chatta.