According to Uttar Pradesh government, Mathura-Vrindavan, one of India’s largest pilgrimage centres, aims to become a “net zero carbon emission” tourist destination by 2041.

 

What is the plan?

  • Tourist vehicles will be banned from the entire Braj region, which includes famous pilgrim centres such as Vrindavan and Krishna Janmabhoomi.
  • Instead, only electric vehicles used as public transport will be allowed into the area.
  • All 252 waterbodies and 24 forests in the area will also be revived.
  • According to the plan, the Braj region’s annual pilgrim-tourist footfall is expected to multiply from the current level of 2.3 crore to six crore by 2041.
  • To attain a net zero carbon emission status, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to as close to zero as possible, with any remaining emissions re-absorbed from the atmosphere, by oceans and forests for instance.
  • To facilitate this in Mathura-Vrindavan, the plan divides the entire region into four clusters, each containing two of the eight key cities.
  • The plan proposes to form small circuits called ‘Parikrama Paths’ which the pilgrim can undertake either on foot or using electric vehicles.

 

About ‘Mathura-Vrindavan’

  • It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna.
  • It is situated the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
  • The entire land is dotted with magnificent temples, dedicated to various aspects of his life.
  • Some of the famous temples are:Govind Dev Temple, Rangaji Temple, Dwarikadhish Temple, Bankey Bihari Temple and the ISKCON Temple.
  • Gokul, Barsana and Goverdhan are the other township associated with the legend of Lord Krishna.