Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, announcing that he will begin his Narmada Seva Yatra on December 11, stated that every village along the river will have a Narmada Seva Samiti to take follow-up action on measures to be undertaken for its preservation.
Participants in Narmada Seva Yatra will march the 1,900 km stretch of the Narmada in the state across five months, covering 900 villages in 16 districts. After the yatra begins, Chouhan will join it once a week.
Talking to the media, Chouhan said that the participants will take a collective resolution to make Narmada a pollution-free river. Trees will be planted along the banks of the river and sewage water will be treated before it flows into the river. He also said that pujan kunds and ghats would constructed only after consent from the people.
“The Narmada is a lifeline for at least 30% of Madhya Pradesh. Though the government is involved in this yatra, it is not a government programme. I wish to treat it as a public movement with the involvement of religious leaders, social workers, villagers, public representatives, writers, littérateurs and journalists on. I want to create public awareness about the conservation of Narmada. Hence, I would like people to make most of the arrangements during the yatra. Government would play its role only when required,” he said.