The Yogi Adityanath govt issued a notification Friday pointing out 22 wards beneath the jurisdiction of the Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation a “Pavitra Teertha Sthal (pious place of pilgrimage)”. The sale of alcohol and non-vegetarian meals will now be banned in those spaces.
The transfer got here 10 days after Adityanath directed the Mathura district administration to paintings on banning meat and liquor within the neighborhood of 7 Hindu pilgrimage websites within the temple the city, pronouncing it was once the want of the local community. He made the remarks all through Janmashtami celebrations in Mathura-Vrindavan on August 30. The leader minister additionally stated that the ones curious about liquor and meat companies close to those pilgrimage websites can be rehabilitated.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi, who could also be ACS (Religious Affairs), advised The Indian Express, “An area roughly around 10 sq km in the Mathura-Vrindavan region has been declared a site of pilgrimage. This area will now be reviewed by the Excise as well as the Food and Civil Supplies Departments, and licences in this region will be revoked accordingly.”
The 22 wards a part of this pilgrimage zone now are Ghati Bahalrai, Govind Nagar, Mandi Ramdas, Chaubiyapada, Dwarikapuri, Navneet Nagar, Bankhandi, Bharatpur Gate, Arjunpura, Hanuman Tila, Jagannath Puri, Gaughat, Manoharpura, Bairajpura, Radhanagar, Badarinagar, Mahavidyacolony, Krishnanagar first and 2d, Koyala Gali, Dampiyar Nagar and Jai Singh Pura.
In its notification, the Uttar Pradesh Religious Affairs Department stated Mathura-Vrindavan was once the birthplace of Lord Krishna, and therefore regarded as a holy position, visited by way of lakhs of pilgrims from India and in a foreign country. The notification stated Mathura-Vrindavan was once “historically significant” and the most important from the viewpoint of tourism as neatly.