Mathura, an ancient city in western Uttar Pradesh, is a famous tourist destination and a pilgrimage for Lord Krishna devotees. It has been receiving a decent number of footfalls, however, mostly from domestic travelers. But after a development drive by both central and state government in the city, the number of people coming here has increased.
Vrindavan, Goverdhan, Gokul and Barsana, significant places associated with the life of Krishna, are also located in the vicinity of Mathura. This is also the reason to develop the whole region as spiritual center and harness its tourism potential. The UP government led by Yogi Adityanath, therefore, plans to set up a development board for spiritual tourism.
Let’s take a look at some of the major work done in the city
Mathura junction railway station has been redeveloped to make it easy for travelers visiting the city by the railway. Here are some of the pictures of upgraded railway station.
Mathura Railway Station Source: Financial Express
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and former Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had inaugurated Krishna Kutir at Vrindavan in the year 2018. It is a special home for 1000 widows set up by the Ministry of Women & Child Development under Swadhar Greh scheme of the Ministry and is the largest ever facility of its kind created by a government organization.
Krishna Kutir Source: Jagran
It is big. Yes, it can accommodate people traveling in 55 buses at once. This facilitation centre has been built to provide relief to people who are traveling in groups.
Here is how a user commended the services of this centre.
“पंजाब के नवाशहर से 45 यात्रियों के लेकर आया हूं। अब तक ऐसी सुविधा कहीं देखने को नहीं मिली। खाना बनाने के लिए अलग शेड की व्यवस्था है और बसों के खड़े करने की तो कोई दिक्कत ही नहीं है।”
Tourist Facilitation Centre Source: Jagran
In line with the development agenda of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BTVP was constituted in 2017 to develop the region. This body has already started undertaking many development projects like the aforementioned Tourist Facilitation Centre in the city. For the readers, a sample of their work is pasted below. For more information, their website can be visited. Click here
People currently visiting Mathura face a lot of problems in traveling to other places like Vrindavan and Gokul due to lack of proper road connectivity (or a ring road connecting all these places). To end this, Government has planned an elevated road to connect these places through a four-lane highway. This will not only check the traffic jams in the city but also boost tourism in the region.
India’s one of the longest national highways NH2 crosses through the city. However, the development of Yamuna Express Way, which runs parallel to NH2, has adversely affected the restaurants and shopkeepers having their business on NH2. But redevelopment of this highway has again given them hope of getting their business back on track.
Moreover, rapid completion of flyovers (like Goverdhan Crossing flyover) on this highway by the Modi government has given relief to locals as well as commuters traveling from Agra to Delhi or vice-versa.
This Airport is a proposed airport to be constructed at Jewar village, Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, about 55 kilometers away from Noida. Once completed, the Jewar airport will give easy connectivity to Mathura and Agra through Yamuna Expressway resulting in more inflow of tourists.
Representational Image Source: Amar Ujala
The development story of Mathura suggest if there is a will to transform a city, there is always a way.