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Dave wants all Narmada groups on one platform

AFTER COMPLETING his Narmada expedition in an aircraft, State BJP general secretary Anil Dave wants to bring all the organisations working for the river Narmada on a common platform. He did not rule out the possibility of even Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) joining the group.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 14:46 IST

AFTER COMPLETING his Narmada expedition in an aircraft, State BJP general secretary Anil Dave wants to bring all the organisations working for the river Narmada on a common platform. He did not rule out the possibility of even Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) joining the group.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Dave today said the proposed group would work for the river in a more concrete and effective way to preserve it for the posterity.

About his findings during the aerial survey from Amarkantak to Bhrigakachha (Baruch) in Gujarat, he said he was not in a position to disclose it yet. He would prepare a report on the same and present it to people. When asked if he would rope in the organisations like NBA, he said any organisation working for Narmadaji was welcome.

There was no hidden agenda, as the group’s functioning would be transparent. The objective was to see that the river flowed its natural way, he added.

On his expedition, Dave said he did not have words to describe the unbelievable and blissful experience. He had a divine view of the river from the aircraft, added Dave.

At a function held at the State Hanger, Dave said he saw considerable erosion at many places and came to know that agricultural fields on the bank of the river remain un-irrigated.

He said he planned to undertake a parikrama of the entire Narmada by waterway, which, he said, would be a different experience. The surveys would help him meet the objectives of his socio-economic study of Narmada region. He suggested encouraging aviation, boating and other adventure activities in the State.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the occasion said concerted efforts would be made to ensure optimum utilisation of Narmada water for prosperity of State.

He expressed concern on shrinking of water area of the river saying that necessary remedial steps would be taken on the basis of the information and facts. He said the experience of Anil Dave during the aerial survey of Narmada would be taken full advantage of.

Chouhan said Narmada water was important for not only drinking water and irrigation purposes but also for power generation. Efforts would be intensified to provide Narmada water to the towns and villages situated along the river. The CM also felicitated Anil Dave on the occasion.

Captain Mishra gave an account of the preparations for the survey, experiences of flying the aircraft and difficulties experienced during the survey. Vice Chairman of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) AV Singh also spoke on the occasion.

The Minister for Public Relations Narendra Singh Tomar, members of the state council of ministers, MLAs, senior officers and office-bearers of the organisations associated with adventurous games and citizens were present on the occasion.

First Published: Mar 31, 2006 14:46 IST