Urban administration minister Babulal Gaur has said that Rs. 1,300 crore Narmada Purification Project proposal should be sent to National River Water Purification Programme for approval at the earliest.
He asked officers to ensure strict enforcement of anti-water pollution measures in the towns situated on the banks of Narmada river.
Gaur was addressing officers of urban bodies at a meeting here on Saturday. Under National River Water Purification Programme, 70% of Rs. 1,300 crore will be provided by the Union government.
Gaur directed the officers concerned to constitute Narmada River Preservation Cell within a month.
Gaur said 53 towns in the state are situated in Narmada basin. He also directed urban body officers not to grant permission to polluting industries on Narmada bank.
He instructed to construct dharmshalas in Narmada circuit zone for pilgrims to stay.
He announced that about 10 lakh saplings will be planted near the river. He directed the officials to undertake plantation programme with public participation.
Secretary urban administration SN Mishra said the work of sewage and drainage systems worth Rs. 650 crore is underway in Jabalpur under JNNURM.
Besides, work costing Rs. 492 crore is being undertaken in towns on the banks of Narmada.
The work pertains mainly to water supply, sewerage and solid waste management.
Commission urban administration Sanjay Shukla said that 53 towns situated on Narmada banks have been selected for implementation of Narmada Purification Project. In the first phase, 24 urban bodies have been selected.
The commissioner informed that global tenders have been invited for the project.
Of these, 21 tenders have been found to be technically sound. Six packages have been chalked out under the project, which will be implemented in two phases.
A sum of Rs. 578 crore will be spent in the first phase and Rs. 720 crore in the second. These funds will be mainly spent on solid waste management, sewerage, rain-fed nullah management, sanitation and plantationrelated work.