The State Government shall, by notification in the Gazette, constitute for constitution and the purposes of this Act, a UPBTVP to be called The Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad.

Members of UPBTVP

UPBTVP shall consist of the following members, namely

  • Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh who shall be the Chairman of the UPBTVP
  • Vice Chairman of the UPBTVP with the rank of Chief Secretary nominated by the U.P. Government
  • Principal Secretary to the State Government in the Department of Housing and Urban Planning, Ex Officio
  • Principal Secretary to the State Government in the Department of Finance, Ex Officio
  • Principal Secretary to the State Government in the Department of Tourism and Culture, Ex Officio
  • Principal Secretary to the State Government in the Department of Urban Development, Ex Officio
  • Principal Secretary to the State Government in the Department of Transport, Ex Officio
  • Principal Secretary to the State Government in the Department of Forest, Ex Officio
  • Principal Secretary to the State Government in the Department of Environment, Ex Officio
  • Principal Secretary to the State Government in the Department of Public Works, Ex Officio
  • Commissioner, Agra Division, Agra, Ex Officio
  • District Magistrate, Mathura, Ex Officio
  • Chief Town and Country planner, Uttar Pradesh, Ex Officio
  • Chief Executive Officer of the UPBTVP who shall be the Member – Secretary
  • Vice-Chairman, Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority, Mathura, Ex Officio
  • Five element public figure having knowledge, experience, exposure and track record efforts for the conservation of heritage of Braj Region, to be nominated by the Chairman in consultation with the Principal Secretary Culture and Principal Secretary Tourism to the State Government
  • Donors who make a donation of Rs. 10 crores or more shall be eligible to be considered as a nominated as a nominated member after the approval of the UPBTVP.
  • The term and condition of office of the members nominated under clause (a) and clause (b) of sub-section (1) shall be such as may be prescribed.

The Power of the UPBTVP shall include the powers to

  • Call for reports and information from the Participating Departments with regard to preparation, enforcement and implementation of the Braj Development Plan and the Projects;
  • Ensure that the preparation, enforcement and implementation of the plan or the Project, as the case may be, is in conformity with the Braj Culture and Architecture;
  • Indicate the stages for the implementation of the plan;
  • Review the implementation of the plan and the Projects;
  • Select and approve comprehensive projects from the Participating Departments, call for priority development and provide such assistance for the implementation of those projects as the UPBTVP may deem fit;
  • Levy fee or charges for providing service and facilities or for maintenance and development thereof from the tourists;
  • Suo-moto take up any work/project in order to promote and secure the development, re-development and beatification of any area in the entire Braj region;
  • Select an implementing Agency for preparation and implementation of any Project Plan;
  • Entrust to the Council such other functions as it may consider necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.

The functions of the UPBTVP shall be

  • To ensure the preparation of the Braj Development Plan;
  • To arrange for the preparation of projects by any of the Participating Department;
  • To co-ordinate the enforcement and implementation of the plan and the Project through any one or more of the Participating Departments or Implementing Agency;
  • To ensure proper and systematic programming by the participating departments in regard to project formulation, determination of priorities in the Braj region and phasing of development of infrastructural facilities for tourism and conservation of the Braj Heritage in accordance with stages indicated in the Plan;
  • To make concerted efforts in the direction of professionally enhancing awareness and interest in intangible cultural heritage, safeguarding, promoting and propagating it systematically;
  • To ensure conservation of rivers and undertake measures for pollution control and development of river fronts and water bodies;
  • To formulate Architectural Regulation to bring about an uniformity of the buildings and structures in conformity with the heritage architecture of the region
  • To formulate policies to ensure co-ordination between various stakeholders-Government Departments, Local Bodies, Temple Management/Trusts, Self-help Groups, Researchers and Scholars-for integrated development of tourism infrastructure and activities/projects for strengthening, protecting, preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of the Braj region;
  • To arrange for, and oversee, the financing of selected development projects in the Braj region thro9ugh State funds and other sources of revenue like funds from Temple Trusts, donations Non-Government Organization, company/firms and tourists, etc.