Union minister for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation Uma Bharti on Tuesday said that mining in the Narmada was a substantial problem, adding that if chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is able to stop the mining in the river, it would be “automatically saved”.
Bharti was in Sehore on Tuesday to offer prayers at a Ganesha temple in the district.
The union minister said Chouhan is worthy of appreciation for the Narmada Sewa Yatra campaign he has launched to protect the river.
“He has saved the Narmada for the future. Till now Narmada, was the cleanest river in India. After Shivraj ji’s efforts, it will continue to remain so in future as well,” she said.
Bharti said planting trees on both sides of Narmada will further beautify the river, adding that she will extend all possible cooperation to the Madhya Pradesh government for this campaign.
On Saturday, Chouhan flagged off the 144-day long Narmada Sewa Yatra from Annuppur district’s Amarkantak, the source of Narmada. The yatra will move through 16 districts and conclude at Amarkantak on May 5, 2017.
The 1312-km long Narmada River, the fifth largest river in India, flows through MP for 1,077 km.