Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that 144 days ‘Namami Devi Narmade’ Seva Yatra will give a message for river conservation to the world. It will be a unique campaign to generate awareness among the people towards environment.
Chouhan was addressing the state level organising committee meeting of ‘Namami Devi Narmade’ Seva Yatra-2016 held to finalise the action plan for the Yatra here on Thursday. Ministers Incharge of 16 districts related to the yatra, MPs, MLAs, commissioners, collectors were present in the meeting.
Chouhan said that Narmada gives life to the people, hence citizens are responsible to perform their duties. He urged the people to link themselves with this yatra with self inspiration to save Narmada. He further said that this should be the campaign of all the society. Saints, social activists, environmentalists, non-government organisations, religious and cultural organisations should link themselves to the yatra to make it a people’s movement.
Chouhan said that Narmada gets water from hills and trees. Hence, plantation will be carried out at large scale on the banks of the river. Farmers will be encouraged for fruit trees plantation and economic assistance will be provided continuously for three years till trees bear fruits.
The CM said that water treatment plants will be installed to treat sewage water released from the cities and to stop its release into the river. Deliberation on reasons over increase in pollution in the villages situated on the banks of Narmada will also be made. Ghats will be cleaned and new ghats will be constructed.
Chouhan mentioned that special medical arrangements should be made for yatris. Only photographs of Narmada Maiyya should be garlanded during the yatra. There will be total ban on use of plastic and thermacol items. Places will be identified to construct Mukti dhams and tradition to let out dead bodies in Narmada river should be stopped.
Swami Akhileshwaranand said that saint community will take part in yatra in large numbers. Members of the committee gave suggestions to make yatra more effective and successful.