Agitation intensifies against corridor construction project in front of Banke Bihari temple

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Traders, priests and residents of Vrindavan intensified their agitation against the construction of the proposed corridor in front of the Banke Bihari temple by burning the proposed maps near the temple on Tuesday.

Traders, priests and residents of Vrindavan intensified their agitation against the construction of the proposed corridor in front of the Banke Bihari temple by burning the proposed maps near the temple on Tuesday. He also sent 108 letters written in blood to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to save the heritage of Vrindavan. Amit Gautam, president of Banke Bihari Vyapar Sangh, said, on one hand we are demanding redress from the apex court and on the other hand the agitation is being intensified gradually.

He said, 108 letters written in blood have been sent to the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister with a request to save the heritage of Vrindavan. The market leading to the Banke Bihari temple remained closed for the third consecutive day on Tuesday afternoon, even as women from the Goswami family joined the agitation. 85-year-old Shakuntala Devi Goswami, who participated in the dharna, said, “The construction of the corridor will not only destroy the heritage of Vrindavan, but will also render us homeless.”

Raj Bhog Sewa Adhikari Gyanendra Kishore Goswami said, how can we sit with folded hands when efforts are being made to destroy us. Local resident Megh Shyam said the protest has been going on since January 12 and efforts are on to garner more support. A Special Leave Petition (SLP) has been filed in the Supreme Court against the construction of the proposed corridor and the court has listed it for further hearing on January 23.

Congress leader Pradeep Mathur said his party cannot remain a mute spectator when around 300 families are rendered homeless and thousands of traders along with their employees are on the verge of becoming jobless. Mathur said that he had told senior Congress leaders Salman Khurshid and Kapil Sibal about the entire episode. Both had assured their full cooperation in the movement as it is not in the interest of the residents of Vrindavan.

Following the death of two devotees and injuries to six others during Mangla Aarti on Janmashtami night, the government had constituted a committee headed by former Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh to probe the incident and suggest remedial measures. The opposition to the project has started after the High Court handed over the development plan of the corridor to the government on January 17 following an order dated December 20, 2022, and the survey work was expedited by the district administration.

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