A delegation of the Braj-Vrindavan Heritage Alliance led by Shri Madan Bihari Dasji met the District Magistrate of Mathura, Shri N.G. Ravikumar, to present a memorandum on the laying of 25 foot deep sewage line in the Vrindavan, Parikrama Marg. The delegation communicated the BVHA’s concern that the sewage line near Kalidaha on the Parikrama Marg.

They noted that while underground water can only be found at a depth of 15 feet, it would be disastrous if the potable water were to be contaminated in the areas where the sewage line is being laid. The Yamuna, which has been Vrindavan’s lifeline for centuries, is now polluted. If the ground water is polluted, this will cause trouble for everyone. Access to pure drinking water is a fundamental human right.

The District Magistrate asked the delegation to find independent civil engineers who can go through the project plan and find flaws in it. The D.M. said he would welcome any expert comment on this issue and will organize V.I.P. treatment to any independent engineer who comes from outside to evaluate the plan.

Subsequently, the BVHA core-members decided to request the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi to study the government plan and comment on it.

The delegation comprised of Madan Bihari Das, Naresh Narain, Ram Narain Brajwasi, Chandra Lal Sharma, Jagannath Poddar, Shri Krishna Saras, Vishnu Pada Das, and Madhumangal Shukla..

The delegation met the D.M. following the decision made in the general meeting of the BVHA. Addressing the gathering Baba Sohani Sharan ji Maharaj, currently in-charge of Shri Radha Bawri, said that the saints of Vrindavan took many initiatives of water conservation, but the blind race for development has destroyed our water culture. Shri Radha Bawri is one of such initiatives taken in the past.

Shri Radhe Shyam Beriwala, a prominent social worker, said that the 25 feet deep sewerage line laying in the Parikrama Marg by the government will bring disaster for Vrindavan. The Yamuna which is used to be life line for Vrindavan is already polluted now there is preparation to spoil the underground water.

BVHA convener Shri Bal Krishna Gautam said that the area where the sewage line is being laid is on the Yamuna flood plain, therefore underground water is available in ten feet deep. BVHA assistant convener Acharya Naresh Narain said that hand pumps in that locality are already pumping out water mixed with the sewage as the sewage treatment plant built nearby under the Yamuna Action Plan has already been spoiling ground water from before. So the whole scenario is a complete disaster.

BJP city president Shri Krishna Saras said that a memorandum has already been presented to the Divisional Commissioner of Agra on this issue, but no action has been taken so far on it. Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma and Ram Narain Brajwasi from the Panda Sabha said that this is the time to save Vrindavan or we will only read about this holy town in religious books.

Many others also addressed this meeting and it was unanimously decided that the delegation led by Shri Madan Bihari Baba should be sent to meet the District Magistrate with the memorandum.

Just off the Mathura Road, a few hundred meters down the Gurukula Marg, one comes to the Radha Bawri ashram, which is run by the Haridasi sampradaya based in Tatia Sthan. They own at least five acres of land, which they preserve in a traditional manner. They have a goshala and have also been planting a lot of trees lately. There are many peacocks, koils and other birds that are rarely seen in the Vrindavan of today.

This place is the site of Haridas Swami’s birth. The actual name of the village is Rajpur. A bawri is a walk-in well. Unfortunately, the water in this well doesn’t look particularly clean these days. The surrounding area is typical old Vrindavan, though the greedy eye of developers and land-mafia types seems to be on it. For more pictures, see this Facebook album.

The following decisions were taken in the Core-committee meeting at the Pandawali Kunj on May 18th 2011.
  • A letter should be sent to the appellate authority of the Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority seeking reply to the questions asked under the Right to Information.
  • An R.T.I. should be sent to the U.P. Jal Nigam regarding laying the sewerage line in the Parikrama and regarding the unused Sulabh community toilets.
  • An R.T.I. should be sent to the Forestry Department, asking them where the massive tree plantation has been done and how much fund is spent on it. (See VT article on similar RTI recently filed by attendee Bal Krishna Gautam here)
  • The Map and the minutes of the TTZ committee should be purchased from the Agra Development Authority.
  • Public Hearing has to be organized with the District Authorities. An appointment has to be fixed with the Ms. Ritu Sharma, S.D.M.
  • Short report has to be made on the achievements of the BVHA.
  • R.T.I should be asked from the A.S.I. regarding the opening and closing time of the Govind Dev Temple .
  • A website committee will be formed with the consent of the conveners. The content of the website will be screened by each member of the committee. The nomination of the members for the website committee is deferred till the next meeting.
  • A system of inviting members to the meeting has to be found. The decision on who will invite the meetings is deferred till the next core committee.
  • Discussion on what facilities should be provided to the tourists and pilgrims coming to Vrindavan. The recommendations made by the BVHA core-committee on the pilgrimage facilities will be sent to the Tourism Secretary through Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami ji
The following personalities were present in the meeting:
1) His Holiness Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami
2) Shri Bal Krishna Gautam
3) Shri Naresh Narain
4) Shri Mahesh Chandra Sharma
5) Shri Ram Narayan Brajwasi
6) Shri Giridhari Brajwasi
7) Shri Rajendra Agrawal
8)  Shri Anshuman Gopal Ji
9) Shri Jagannath Poddar
10) Shri Mahesh Chandra Agrawal
11) Shri Sundar Gopal
12) Ms. Gandharvika Devi Dasi
13) Ms. Malyada Goverdhan
14) Ms. Madhumita Sharma

BVHA convener Shri Bal Krishna Gautam is disappointed over the response he got from the Forestry Department. The letter says that 21,950 trees were planted in Vrindavan in the financial year of 2010-2011. Mr. Gautam says that if even ten percent of those trees survived, portions of Vrindavan would have become completely green. He said that the BVHA will ask the Forestry Department to elaborate the location where those trees were planted.

When asked if there was any effort done in order to check the population of the monkeys in the Braj region, the answer was in negative. Mr. Gautam said the monkeys are the number second enemy of the trees to the greedy builders, who cut the trees to build flats and Malls. Mr. Gautam is also sad to know that the department doesn’t know which blocks of Mathura District come under the Taj Trapezium Zone. The letter says it was not a concerned question with the department.

How much compensation did the department get against cutting the trees in Vrindavan under the Samagra Vikas Yojna. It says the department got Rs. 10063312. The BVHA demands that this amount should be spent in Vrindavan only. The department has also given a disappointing answer on if any measures are being taken to protect the trees in Ramanreti where the soil on the top of roots of the trees were paved with concrete and the water can’t reach the roots. The department replied in negative.

Mr. Gautam said that he will discuss this issue in the core committee of the BVHA and if this issue needed will be taken to the court.

The Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance observed World Heritage Day on Monday, April 18, at the old Madan Mohan temple on the Parikrama Marg. The meeting was presided by the temple mahant, Dinabandhu Dasji, who welcomed the Alliance members and said that all Brijvasis must dedicate themselves to the protection of its patrimony.

Alliance deputy convenor Acharya Naresh Narain spoke of the sacred nature of the temple site. “While Krishna was chastising Kaliya Nag, Radharani and her sakhis were present here on Dwadashaditya Tila to worship Surya Deva. The Madan Mohan temple itself is a place where acharyas and perfected saints have engaged in their bhajan. The deity of Madan Mohan appeared to Sanatan Goswami in this holy place.”

Convenor Bal Krishna Gautam said that the Archaeological Survey of India has a very important role to play in the protection of ancient monuments like the Madan Mohan temple, but it should expand its role. “Unfortunately due to negligence, illegal construction is taking place all around this temple, what to speak of others,” he said.

Acharya Gopalji, a well-known speaker of Rama Charita Manasa and Madhumangal Shukla called on the ASI needs to give the entire district of Mathura serious attention because of the great number of heritage sites such as the Yamuna River, many old temples and ashrams, which are visited annually by around eight million pilgrims and tourists.

Also present were Suresh Sharma, Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma, Acharya Vishnukant Shastri, Shrikrishna Saras, Giridhari Brajvasi, Ram Narayan Brajvasi, Lakshmikant Sharma, Mahesh Chandra Sharma and others.

The Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance’s general body met at Shri Rasik Bihari Mandir. It was observed that the Yamnua Pollution can be best managed in Vrindavan it being a very small place in area and no pollutant industries are functioning here. The major challenge is the sewerage which goes directly into the river Yamuna. None of the eighteen old drains are tapped and the sewerage is directly going to the Yamuna River, causing severe injury to the faith of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and devotees.

The forum said that it supports Ramesh Baba’s Yamuna March from Allahabad to Delhi. It was unanimously approved that the conveners should continue the correspondence with the officials and decided to present a memorandum to the District Magistrate and the Divisional Commissioner. Some of the members noted that the Yamuna bank is again being encroached and the new colonies are coming up. A separate PIL should be filed in the Apex Court on the condition of Yamuna and its bank just for Vrindavan.

Vrindavan can set an example for all the other towns of the country on the Ganga Yamuna basin. A Yamuna Task force in the district level should be formed including the officials from the various departments of the Government. A helpline should be set where people can make complaints on the Yamuna Pollution.

The speakers were critical of the new storm water drains being built under the Samagra Vikas Yojna of the U.P. Government. They said all the new drains are being directed toward the Yamuna River. Any new sewerage treatment plants should be built across the river as the old drainage system is going towards the river. If the STP’s are built across the river, the sewerage will not be needed to be pumped back to the STP as it will go with its natural flow. The water can be used in the farm lands for the irrigation purposes once it is treated.

Shri Madan Bihari Das, Swami Paramadvaiti, Chandra Prakash Sharma, Rajendra Agrawal, Giridhari Khandelwal, Govind Kishore Goswami, Bal Krishna Gautam (convener), Naresh Narain (Deputy convener), Devendra Sharma, K.G.Gupta, Madhumangal Shukla were some of the prominent personalities among the 35 persons who attended the meeting.

A general meeting of the Braj-Vrindavan Heritage Alliance was organized at Kishore Van in Vrindavan in presence of Thakur Shri Yugal Kishore Ji Maharaj and Vrinda Rani. Shri Madan Bihari Das from Tatia Sthan chaired the meeting. It was felt that the post of convener and deputy convener should be created for the smooth functioning of the BVHA. It was also decided that there will not be any post called the General Secretary or President.

The name of a seniormost member of the BVHA, Shri Bal Krishna Gautam, was proposed for the post of convener. Then the name of Acharya Naresh Narain was proposed as deputy convener. The forum unanimously approved Shri Bal Krishan Gautam as convener and Shri Naresh Narain as his deputy.

It was also decided that their tenure will be for three months only and the next election for these posts will be held in the month of June. The convener and the deputy convener will form a core committee with the people who are interested to help them. The core committee will meet from time to time and make an action plan to preserve and protect Braj and Vrindavan’s built and natural heritage. The decisions taken in the core committee will have to be approved by the general body.

The forum showed great concern fpr the condition of the Yamuna and insisted on Yamuna Satyagraha action. It was also decided to extend moral support to Ramesh Baba’s Yamuna Pad Yatra from Allahabad to Delhi. Shri Mahendra Nath Chaturvedi from Yamuna Lifeline Welfare Association said that he sent a petition to then President of India on the condition of Yamuna, which was forwarded to the Supreme Court of India. It is pending there. He said though the attorneys appointed by the government are fighting the case, but it is going very slowly. He said that if any one provides a private lawyer to peruse the case there then it could it can be much easier to get some early judgements.

The meeting was addressed by Shri Madan Bihari Das, Shri Bal Krishna Gautam, Shri Chandra Lal Sharma, Shri Naresh Narain, Shri ShriKrishna Saras, Dr. Devendra Chaitanya, Dr. Rakesh Haripriya, Jagannath Poddar, Shri Jagadananda Das, Shri Sashi Bhushan Mishra, Shri Mahendra Nath Chaturvedi, Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti, K.G. Gupta, Madhumangal Shukla, Shri Krishna Nandan Agrawal.

Those present in the meeting were: Shri Govind Kishore Goswami, Shri Shyam Lal Sharma, Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma, Shri Ram Narayan Brajwasi, Shri Anshuman Gopal Ji, Shri Sushil Chandra Sharma, Shri Ankit Agrawal, Shri Kanhaiya Gupta, Shri Tamal Krishna Brahmachari, Shri Radhe Shyam Chaudhry, Shri Brahmananda Sharma, Shri Govind Sharan Pachauri, Shri Pradyumna Pratap Singh, Dr. Ram Danta Mishra, Shri Gandharvika Devi Dasi, etc.

 

 

In the meeting meeting held on February 13, 2011, at Pandavali Kunj, Keshi Ghat, it was agreed that the most important thing is to engage young people in field work for Vrindavan. To achieve this goal, several committees were created. Each committee is in charge of developing a specific area of seva in Vrindavan. Leaders for each committee were elected and confirmed.

Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance Committees:
*Organization Committee: Sri Hit Kinkar Sewak Sharan, Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti, Partha Sarthi Prabhu, acarya Devendra Caitanya and Chandan Goswami.

*Legal Advice Committee: Rajveer Singh, Acharya Ramesh Chandra, Pratibha Sharma.

* Clean Vrindavan Committee: Coordinator is Rajveer Singh, Vishnu Pada Das, Neeraj and Hanuman Das are part or the commitee. The NGO Food for Life has a lot of experience in this area. They have 64 workers cleaning different areas of Vrindavan daily. In this committee Vrinda Kunja participates with the project Helping Hands that is maintaining daily 6 workers who clean the Yamuna from Keshi Ghat up to Devraha Baba Mandir and on the other side from the Keshi Ghat up to the Imlitala Mandir. The next project of this committee is to install a drainage system to protect the Yamuna from sewage.

*Green Vrindavan Committee. Food for Life is also an active part of this committee, through Partha Sarthi Prabhu who is the representative for these meetings. They are in charge of improving the reforestation of Vrindavan. They have very good contacts and maintain these plantations. Partha Sarthi will contact Pratibha Mataji to participate on the committee. Nandu Das and Mohan will give their experience in landscaping.

*Stop Noise Committee: Although all music in Vrindavan is devotional, many mandirs are getting used to put music with a very high volume, which affect the acoustics in the atmosphere. Two young and very active Brijvasis are participating in this committee. One is Neeraj from The Braj Foundation and the other is Mayank. They are in charge of finding all the places with this problem, to then harmonize with the Mahantas of each mandir and ask them to play bhajans and Hari katha with lower volume. Acarya Ramesh Chandra will be the senior representative of this committee.

*Traffic Control Committee: The main traffic problem in Vrindavan is produced by the floating population. This means all the pilgrims that come to Vrindavan in their cars. The goal of this committee is to achive a Vrindavan free of traffic. They are going to work in different proposals that then are going to be presented in a general assembly. Rajveer Singh will work in this committe with legal support.

An appointment was set with the D.M. and the SSP (Senior Superintendent of Police) on Wednesday 17.11.10 at 11h30 to attend to the traffic matter in Vrindavan

There are other committees devoloping, such as the Yamuna Clean Committee (Bal Mukund,Radhe Syam and Vishnu Pada Das), Municipality Communications Committee (Rajveer Singh ,Pratibha Sharma, Madan Bihari Baba and Partha Sarthi), Public Relations Committee (Chandan Goswami, Man Mohan Parik), Solid Waste Committee (Food for life) , Press Committee (Acarya Devendra Chaitanya), Yamuna Ghat Committee (which works to preserve the old ghats in Vrindavan Sundar Gopal Dasa is working in the office of Pandavali Kunj Ghat giving assitance to the people), Volunteering Committe (is composing a list with all the areas that can be cleaned or supported and also a list of available volunteers that can offer service to the different organizations that belongs to the BVHA), Internet & Website Committe (Chandan Goswami, Acarya Ramesh Chandra, Acharya Devendra Chaitanya, Sameer, Katie Walter and Gandharvika Devi Dasi). Monkey Issue committee (Madhu Mangal Sukhla)

Everyone is invited to participate in an active way, through the maintaining of webpages, designs, send online information, news in Vrindavan Today, and more.

Many young Brijvasis came today to the meeting and are very enthusiastic with the idea of supporting the different committees and with the idea of the service to Vrindavan. Guru Maharaj is working with these sadhus, acharyas and brajvasis for the benefit of Vrindavan.

In the upcoming week a meeting of the committees is planned for 3 p.m. at Pandavali Kunj. All are kindly invited. The following week another general meeting is planned, possibly at Amiya Nimai Mandir.

 

CONVINEER
ACARYA RAMESH CHANDRA

1 CHANDAN GOSWAMI
2 ACARYA DEVENDRA CHAITANYA
3 UDAYA GOSWAMI
4 SWAMI BA PARAMADVATI
5 PARTH SARATHI PRABHU
6 RAGHUNATH PRABHU(DELHI)
7 NIRMAL DASA
8 RAJVEER SINGH
9 MADHU MANGAL SUKLA
10 NITYANAND DAS
11 SUDHA BHATT
12 MAYANK SENI
13 RITESH SWAMI
14 MRADUL BANSAL
15 SAMEER PAGAL
16 PK BAJAJ
17 LUC STEVENS
18 VISNUPADA DASA
19 HANUMAN DASA
20 GANDHARVIKA DEVI DASI

CONVENER
Acarya Devendra Chaitanya

PARTICIPANTS

Sri Bal Krishna Sastri
Sri Rajveer Singh
Sri B. A. Paramadvaiti Swami
Bal Mukund Sastri
Sri Partha Sarthi
Sri Om Prakash Sharma
Sri Dhananyaya S
Sri Mayank Soni
Sri Ragunath Dasa
Sri Praneshwara Dasa
Sri Ram Bhakta Hanuman Dasa
Sri Agni Dasa
Srimati Krishna Marga Devi Dasi
Srimati Gandharvika Devi Dasi

Acharya Devendra Chaitanya pointed out that BVHA meetings have been going on for the last year. Many people believe that these general meetings are not important, but in fact they are. He also said some of the declarations that were stated in the previous week’s meeting in Nidhuvan were wrong, because we work with all foreigners and local people. Anyone who wants to work with BVHAlliance is welcome.

Paramadvaiti Swami raised an important issue that occurred a couple of days ago. Braj Bihari Maharaj, Mahanta from Char Sampradaya Ashram, suffered an attack that almost cost him his life, by a land dispute. He suggested that the BVHAlliance must be strongly against all this violence.

Paramadvaiti Swami introduced Mayank Soni, a young Brijvasi who wants to put his energy into the BVHAlliance. Both made a conceptual framework that explains the work BVHAlliance was doing at this time, so that people can know. He also noted that young people must be more involved in this tasks, to put more energy in our work. Of course, we don’t want disparage or leave out all the senior leaders who are backing what we are doing.

Also reported the progress that his organization has been doing in cleaning up some sites in Vrindavan, the next clean-up projects and highlighted the important support of NGO’s and Food for Life, who are doing an excellent job in this connection.

Mayank stressed the importance of the work foreigners are doing to clean Vrindavan. He said that, as a Brijvasi, he felt very inspired by this daring to collaborate, Vrindavan is the house of Krishna and as such should be kept clean.

Rajveer Singh said we must be realistic about the help the government proposed. They might say they are going to support, but in practice it is very difficult.

Given this discussion, members of the meeting nodded that the most important is the practical work related done with people and also continue to support private initiatives for the betterment of Vrindavan.

Krishna Marga Devi Dasi also attended her first meeting and was very lively to support the Alliance. She’s devoted more than 30 years and love Vrindavan. Currently she is working with Bal Mukund Sastri in a draft environmental awareness for children in schools. Krishna Mataji stressed the importance of working with children, because they are completely open and able to educate parents about Vrindavan keep green and clean. In addition, children are the future of Vrindavan. She invited the Alliance to support this project.

Paramadvaiti Swami highlighted the work of volunteer engineer Luc Stevens, who has been developing a master plan proposal covering different areas of improvement in Vrindavan, which was sent to the organization VITO in Belgium, they conclude to come to Delhi early days February to assess its involvement.

The next meeting of the BVHAlliance will be confirmed in the following days.

Jay Sri Radhe Shyam
Jay Sri Vrindavan Dham

TASKS FOR THE NEXT MEETING

  • Send a daily SMS to our entire list of contacts with some text about Vrindavan, to keep people abreast of what is happening and spreading the glories of Sri Dham
  • Form a committee that will meet with representatives of VITO and TERI University in Delhi next days in February.
  • Partha Sarthi prabhu will translate the conceptual diagram made by Paramadvaiti Swami and Mayank to Hindi, for the next meeting
  • Paramadvaiti Swami will attempt to confirm the meeting with R. K. Singh from MVDA to raise with him the proposals have been developed with the organization VITO.
  • Remain outstanding letters agreed in writing at the previous meetings.

Chairman
-Sri Jagadananda Dasa – Vrindavantoday.org

Participants:
-Sri Madan Bihari Das Baba – Tathisthan
-Sri Praduman Goswami – Mirabai Mandir
-Sri Paramadvaiti Swami – Vrinda Kunja
-Sri Rajeev Singh Prabhu – Advocate
-Sri Lokesh Dexit Prabhu – Journalist
-Sri Parta Sarthi Prabhu – Food for Life Vrindavan
-Sri Tamal Krishna Dasa – Imlitala Mandir
-Sri Nirmal Dasa – Gopinath Gaudiya Math
-Sri Man Mohan Parik – Journalist
-Sri Neeraj Prabhu – Braj Foundation
-Sri Gopal Goswami – Gopesvar Mahadev Mandir
-Sri Hanuman Dasa – Vrinda Kunja
-Sri Davanal Dasa – WOrld Vaishnava Association
-Sri Arup Govinda Dasa – WOrld Vaishnava Association
-Srimati Brahmacharini Shiromani – Vatsalya Gram
-Srimati Gandharvika Devi Dasi – Vrinda Kunja

Summary, by Jagadananda Dasa
This week’s BVHA meeting was held in Pandavali Kunj, next door to Keshi Ghat. This property belongs to the Gopinath Gaudiya Math, but by the grace of Acharya Shri Bhakti Bibudh Bodhayan Maharaj it has been set aside for service to Vrindavan Dham and will be used as offices for the BVHA. The building is a beautiful sandstone construction in the classical Vrindavan style, with an open courtyard. There is no deity service in the temple area. The meeting was held on the jagamohan.

Jagadananda Das opened the meeting with a prayer from Radha-sudha- nidhi, which says tat karmaiva karah karotu, “May my hands be engaged in the service of Radharani.” He suggested that this be the motto of the Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance.

Swami Paramadvaiti gave an impassioned response. He said, “Thought there were no good roads, stones were brought from Rajasthan, rock by rock on bullock cart, to make the temples in Vrindavan. And how the workers carved the stone so beautifully by hand. Even today, when Kripaluji was building his temple on Chattikara Road, there were 900 artisans carving the images and reliefs on the marble. This kind of craftsmanship is one of the greatest riches in Vrindavan. When we lookat the old temples, they are nearly always decorated in a traditional style. Akshar Dham in Delhi has also shown that such kind of artistic workmanship can still be done if the finances and will are there.

“Morover,” he continued, “The beauty of Govindaji temple is diminished by the existence of so many surrounding encroachments. It really should be surrounded by gardens. Like the Gopinath temple, whosesevaits have vowed not to build any constructions in the gardens around the temple itself.”

In response, there were many comments. Modern hotels with glass walls are being built in Vrindavan now, ruining the traditional architectural homogeneity of the old town. Some of the new buildings have flush cement walls and are otherwise without any attempt at aesthetic beauty.

It was suggested that certain color restrictions should be made, as in Jaipur, and it should be required that all new buildings in Vrindavan should be designed in a way that has some connection to the Dham.

Mahanta Pradyumna of the Meera temple said that he was willing to take any pieces of red sandstone from old buildings that were being destroyed and keep them, even cataloging their source. It was also suggested that a restriction be placed on the size of store signs, so that they do not disfigure the facades of old buildings. A letter should be written to the municipality, MVDA, DM and CDO with this request.

Tamal Krishna Das noted that jirnoddhar or renovating an old temple is considered by the scriptures to be more glorious than building something new. He suggested that math and ashram leaders be encouraged to purchase and renovate old structures rather than building entirely new ones.

Paramadvaiti Maharaj said that BVHA should act as a watchdog, letting the authorities know what the sadhu and citizen population of Vrindavan desire.

Billboards were also mentioned as a blight on Vrindavan’s landscape. They are cluttering the town everywhere. Maharaj mentioned that even Sao Paolo in Brazil has banned billboards.

Madan Bihari Das Baba reported that he had met with Mahanta Satchitananda Das of the Char Sampradaya, who had promised to send kotwals to all associated ashrams and maths to give notification of the upcoming BVHA meeting to be held there at the next week meeting.

Paramadvaiti Maharaj showed a poster that was in preparation by his staff, showing all the problems that are being faced by Vrindavan. He said that he wanted to have them printed on chadar cloth rather than on plastic flax, which is contaminating. He said that they should be displayed in all the temples and ashrams as a way of sensitizing people to the issues. Neeraj agreed to translate the poster into Hindi.

Brahmacharini Shiromani from Vatsalya Gram was welcomed. She said that during the Kumbha Mela, Didi Ma (Sadhvi Ritambhara) and her guru Paramananda Puri Maharaj took a vow for the sake of the Yamuna. Vatsalya Gram uses no plastic. “Furthermore,” she said, “Did Ma is keenly eager to see Vrindavan’s sanctity preserved and is ready to
cooperate with the BVHA in any way possible.” All the active members of the BVHA were delighted that a respected representative of Vatsalya Gram had come and welcomed the declaration of commitment from Sadhvi Ritambhara communicated by Brahmacharini Shiromani.

Paramadvaiti Maharaj said that the MVDA and Municipality are making big investments in the nalas and sewers, but bad planning means that they are full of standing water. This makes water borne diseases like malaria and typhoid even more probable when the season comes. These are dangerous diseases like cerebral malaria that can kill. Moreover, the pipes are inadequate for the sewage. What is being installed is not sustainable.
Luc Stevens is leading a research about the treatment of waters in Vrindavan. With this information, BVHAllianc can make proposals andletters to the autorithies.

Resolutions:
-Rajveer Singh becomes an official public relationship secretary of BVHAlliance.
-Man Mohan Parik will stay in touch with Rajeev Singh to do typing of the official letters.
-Parthasarthi prabhu will finish his letter about constructions for the next week.
-BVHAlliance will promote the adoption and restore of old buildings instead of make new temples.
-We will clean the illegal dumping ground in front of Tathia Sthan.
-Our cloth´s poster will be translated into hindi by Neeraj prabhu. Next week the design will be finished.
-We will make a facebook group to promote all the activities and different resolutions of BVHAlliance.
-Next meeting will be held on Char Sampradaya office on Sunday 16th.

Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance Meeting Sunday 16th January 2011
At Char Sampradya Ashram.

Former Chairman Chtura Sampradya vrakta prishad mandal Sri Mahant Phuldol Bihari das agreed to work with BVHA.  He wants to stop production of polythene bags and other products which are polluting the atmosphere and environment.  He expressed that the meetings are extremely important however we need all unanimous actions regarding these issues.

We can organise a sign campaign, it can protest against use of plastic and other products that are harming the environment.  We hope it will take place in a nice manner with the blessing of Radharani and Lord Krishna.  He gave clearance to do such concrete work to develop Vrindavan Heritage and Holy Mother River Yamuna.

Paramadvaiti Maharaj from Vrinda Kunj stated that these meetings are important and we must not give up.  He said that Dr Gautam, the General Director of ASI and the Tourist Ministry have given great interest to save the heritage of Vrindavan.

He said we need a clear picture of what Vrindavan needs, a Master Plan, necessary for all to study.  There needs to be a concerted agreement of what the Government and Municipality needs to do and what Vrindavan needs to do?
We need to target government officials to apply the necessary processes to de-pollute Vrindavan.

We need to make a statement to the Supreme Court and ASI (Archaelogical Survey of India) of these urgent issues so that BVHA can work together with them.

We need to agree on issues and make changes, visit persons concerned and communicate with these Organisations and Ministries.

Mahesh Khandelwal, Spiritual Industrialist from Vrindavan, explained time punctuality to work for our city of Holy Mother Yamuna.  He is producing a tight schedule to work for Vrindavan starting from five am until ten pm.  He begins with morning meditation, laughing session and hard work to develop Vrindavan Heritage after a long time he decided to work with BVHA because he feels this front is working hard and concretely.  He agreed to work with BVHA what time punctuality is necessary to work together because he has many engagements in different fields.  He suggested building a separate canal from Delhi to Agra along with river transport, it would be very cheap.  He gave an example of transportation to Mumbai which is more expensive than Dubai.  So we can save money by toll and other fuels that we are using in transportation.  Water transport is than cheaper and cleaner than road transport.
This was once suggested in Parliament by a former Member of Parliament.

Mr. Mahendra Nath Chaturvedi, Braj Welfare Association Mathura, explained the whole situation of Holy River Yamuna which is having receiving so many pesticides, too much pollution and zero flow of water in different parts.  So much pollution is coming through Yamuna, Gokul Beraje and other dams.  He is going to Lucknow along with BVHA representative Devendra Chaitanya and Paramadvaiti Maharaj to join Lokbharti Seminar on River pollution and management.
Many organizations and NGO’s are going to join this meeting on the 22nd and 23rd of January 2011.

Chairman Chtura Sampradya vrakta prishad mandal Sachchidanad Maharaj Gopal Mandir Pathara pura Vrindavan, was very happy to organize the meeting of BVHA at Char Sampradya Ashram.  He was afraid that his colleague Mahants who received information about this meeting and they could not attend today.  He assured BVHA to do concrete work for development of Vrindavan and preserving the original Yamuna, which must be pollution free.

In this meeting Madur Mangal Shukla, Arup Govind Das, Madan Bihari Das, Brij Bihari Das and many other important members delivered their opinions to develop the Heritage of Vrindavan and Yamuna gi.  More than thirty people attended this meeting.

Achairya Devendra Chaitanya, the General Secretary of BVHA inviting the aforementioned lecturers.