The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday sought responses from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) over a plea seeking stay on construction of a 70-storey temple in Mathura.

A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel issued notices to the religious foundation and the authority. It has sought their replies by July 31. The plea, moved by Delhi resident Manikesh Chaturvedi, alleged that construction of “Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir” by ISKCON would adversely impact the water level as it is in the vicinity of the Yamuna.

“The proposed temple will have an artificial water body around the boundary. This water is to be extracted from the ground, which is likely to result in water depletion to the extent of non-existence of the Yamuna riverbed,” read the plea.

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