Vrindavan, Wednesday, September 28th 2011: The surroundings of the Archaeological Survey of India protected monument of Shri Yugal Kishore Temple were cleaned under the aegis of the Vrindavan Cleaning Fund. Five mini-dumpers full of garbage were removed from the temple surroundings and the stagnant plastic clogged drains were cleaned during the operation. The heap of garbage accumulated here encouraged the pigs to permanently stay and breed on it.
The residents have been demanding for the long time to get the area cleaned as it became the dumping site. The devotees have to step on the garbage when they do the Vrindavan Parikrama, passing through this route. There are no permanent municipal staffs deputed in this locality, and in absence of the proper garbage disposal system the garbage is scattered all over the street making the heap of it in several places. Shri Brajesh Kumar Shukla, a resident of the area said neither the elected ward member nor the A.S.I. takes any interest to keep the surrounding clean.
As per Savitri Devi another resident, who lives just next to this historical monument said that although the A.S.I. employs a cleaning staff for this protected monument, he comes here occasionally and clean just the temple premises for the name’s sake and leave the garbage accumulated in the corner. Some garbage bins should be installed in this locality where the garbage can be thrown.
Mr. Yadav, who resides in the nearby Laxmi Rani Kunj also came to visit the cleaning operation and said the job done under the programme is praiseworthy. Shri Madhumangal Shukla, senior member of the BVHA who accompanied the VCF cleaning staff said that it is the perfect example of apathy in the resident as well as the authority’s part . The residents don’t take the pain to write a simple letter complaining against the irregularities of the ASI or the municipality.
A seva organisation has its limitation and it can only demonstrate or bring temporary relief. It is the ultimate responsibility of the locals to put pressure on the municipality to provide them the basic facilities, said Shri Nootan Sharma, Programme Officer of Friends of Vrindavan. He said that the cleanliness drive to clean the area around the Yugal Kishore Temple is sponsored by the Yash Birla Group and the vehicles used under the programme are donated by the Tata Motors Ltd.