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  • Tata Motors Ltd. donated four Tata-Ace mini dumpers to transport the garbage from different locations of the town.
  • The Cleanliness Drive programme under the name of the Vrindavan Cleaning Fund (VCF)was re-introduced under which the unadopted areas of the town are cleaned on request by the residents of Vrindavan.
  • The Yash Birla Group began to sponsor five persons for the VCF programme.
  • Kishore Van was adopted under the sacred grove conservation and revival programme.
  • The massive tree cutting under the SamagraVikasYojna was stopped with legal intervention.


 Friends of Vrindavan (FoV) was identified by the United National Development Plan Small Grants Project as the NGO partner to initiate the best practices of Solid Waste Management under the Eco city programme which was  conceptualized by the Central Pollution Control Board under the tenth five year plan. Twelve cities of historical importance were selected but the programme was initiated in six cities only. Vrindavan was also selected as an Eco city among those six cities. Keeping in view of the ongoing effort of FoV to clean Vrindavan, it was identified as the partner NGO to help implementation of the programme:
  • FoV constructed two garbage ramps to increase efficiency by allowing direct transfer of waste from rickshaws to tractor-trolleys.
  • In Ward 3 and 7 FoV instigated door-to-door house collection of garbage in supplied bins so that waste is segregated at source before collection.
  • A Vermi-composting unit was set up to recycle the huge amount of floral and other bio-degradablewaste generated in local temples and shrines.
  • A Paper recycling unit was set up to recycle paper and cloth waste generated in different schools, institutions and market places of the town.
  • As non-degradable waste has economic value it is accumulated and sold by the safai-mitras working under the programme.


  • It took eight men six weeks to remove the water hyacinth which had strangled the life of the ‘lake of tears’ at Mansarovar.
  • FoV held the third Yamuna Cycle Expedition.
  • FoV initiated a donated dumper truck into the narrow lanes of Vrindavan for waste collection.
  • FoV initiative for Bio-medical Waste Collection ensuring safe disposal of hospital waste by incineration.


  • FoVinauguration at BankeBihari ji temple on 16/4/97 launching a pilot street-cleaning project tackling the worst trouble spots in the town.
  • FoV initiated Sacred Grove restoration programmes at 3 sites in co-operation with WWF: Baelvan, Madhavan and Mansarovar an important wetland bird-sanctuary under threat from jalkhumbi.
  • FoV held the second Yamuna Cycle Expedition.
  • FoV began a recycling project of making baskets and useful items from waste plastic providing an income for widows, the handicapped and destitute persons and bringing awareness for a ‘plastic-free Vrindavan’


  • The WWF Vrindavan Conservation Project was launched and 3000 trees were planted in community areas, on the pilgrim path, in Vrindavan’s streets and in sacred groves.
  • 500 boys and girls enrolled in 34 Nature Clubs to help on WWF projects.
  • As part of the Yamuna Action Programme, WWF negotiated to bring Sulabh International to Vrindavan.
  • Friends of Vrindavan (FoV) became a registered charity and worked in partnership with the WWF for Nature and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation.
  • FoV organized the first Yamuna Cycle Expedition ‘a race against time’ to raise funds and awareness.

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