As part of National Mission for Clean Ganga, the government has decided to construct & develop Ghats along the rivers Ganga & Jalangi in and around the heritage/spiritual city of Mayapur in West Bengal at an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore. Engineering Projects (India) Ltd will be implementing the project.
Sri Mayapur is world renowned place of spiritual pilgrimage, as the birth place of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Situated in the scenic setting of the confluence of Mother Ganga and River Jalangi in Mayapur is the spiritual world headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
ISKCON has undertaken a landmark spiritual project – Shri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir – the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP). Sridham Mayapur Development Foundation, an undertaking of ISKCON, has launched the Sri Chaitanya Cultural World Heritage Center, a temple town, as a fitting complement to TOVP.
The existing ISKCON/Foundation facilities, with its special blend of western and Indian architecture, already attract presently an average of 20,000 visitors per day which is expected to increase to 60,000 per day by 2025 and 1,50,000 per day by 2035. This potentially makes Sri Mayapur a fore runner, as a major religious tourist destination in the world!
However, Sri Mayapur doesn’t even have a single Pakka Ghat to offer its pilgrims. Although Mayapur has more than 75,000 residents, there is no cremation ghat in Mayapur. Upon the request of Sridham Mayapur Development Foundation, the Central government has decided to develop Ghats to be used for Bathing facility /Spiritual Puja/ Post Cremation rituals, etc. Development works also include river bank protection, river training works, sanitation, drainage, external &internal electrification, water supply, landscaping, park, boundary wall, fencing, street lighting, approach roads, facility for shaded vehicle parking, etc.