A plea seeking a stay on the construction of a 70-storey temple in Mathura by ISKCON led the National Green Tribunal today to seek response from the religious society and the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA).
The plea alleged that construction of 'Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir' by ISKCON in the vicinity of Yamuna would harm the environment and also impact the ground water level in the area.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel issued notices to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and CGWA while seeking their replies before July 31.
The plea by environment enthusiast Manikesh Chaturvedi sought directions to halt the construction of temple, billed to be the tallest shrine in the world.
"The proposed temple will have artificial water body around the boundary of the structure. This water is to be extracted from the ground which is likely to result in depletion of water level to the extent of the non-existence of the Yamuna riverbed," the plea said.
When completed, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will be the tallest religious monument in the world, it is claimed. To be built at a cost of Rs 300 crore, it will be one of the most expensively built temples in the world by ISKCON Bangalore.
The temple will rise to a height of about 700 ft, with a built-up area of 5,40,000 sq. ft, according to the petitioner.
A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan is planned to be recreated around this magnificent temple. It will be spread over a sprawling 26 acres. It will consist of the twelve forests of Braj, with varieties of lush vegetation, lakes with lotuses and water falls.
The project is set in 62 acres of land and will include parking in 12 acres and a helipad.
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