Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said that Narmada Yatra (Narmada pilgrimage) is an opportunity to make Mother Narmada free from pollution.
Chouhan was reviewing the arrangements being made for Narmada Seva Yatra here on Friday. Chief secretary Basant Pratap Singh was present in the meeting.
Narmada Seva Yatra will begin from Amarkantak, source of Narmada, on December 11. Till date, 11,834 participants have registered themselves to participate in the yatra through the website. Deliberations as regard to arrangements were also made with social organizations, public representatives and administrative officers.
During the meeting, Chouhan stressed that effective efforts towards awareness should be made for greater public participation in the yatra.
“Arrival dates of Narmada Seva yatris and village should be publicised widely. Information related to this should be given through wall paintings. Narmada Seva committees should be framed for reception of yatris and for public awareness at village level. Moreover, all the prominent people should be included in these committees”, Chouhan told officers.
Highlighting the importance of public participation, Chouhan said that the people who wish to contribute economically in the yatra should be given an opportunity to participate. He suggested establishing of a fund for this.
Moreover, Chouhan said that the programme should be inaugurated with festivity. “People of one village should accompany yatra till other village. Similarly, groups of seva yatris should be formed from the beginning of district border till its end. Yatra programme should be conducted in such a way that it should be completed before the rainy season”, he told officers.
Additional chief secretaries Deepak Khandekar, Iqbal Singh Bains and Radheshyam Julaniya, principal secretaries to CM Ashok Varnval and SK Mishra, commissioner public relations Anupam Rajan, secretaries to CM Vivek Agarwal and Hariranjan Rao, OSD to CM Adarsh Katiyar and other officers were present in the meeting.
The 1312 km long Narmada River is the fifth largest river in India.
It is one of only three major rivers in India that runs from east to west (largest west flowing river) along with the Tapti and Mahi.
It primarily flows through the MP (1,077 km), Gujarat (161 km) and briefly through Maharashtra.
Sanskrit name ‘Narmada’ means “the Giver of Pleasure”.
Narmada finds mention as one of the seven most sacred rivers in ancient texts and forms the traditional boundary between North India and South India.
It is one of only three major rivers in peninsular India that runs from east to west (largest west flowing river) along with the Tapti and Mahi.
It originates from the Maikal Hills in Amarkantak, 1057 m above the sea-level, in Shahdol district of MP and drains its waters in the Arabian Sea in Bharuch District of Gujarat.