The Pioneer, July 3 2016, Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that participation of people will be ensured in conservation of Madhya Pradesh’s lifeline Narmada river. For this, an ambitious campaign would be launched on November 11 from Amarkantak. He reviewed outlines of the campaign at a meeting at Mantralaya here today. He said that collaboration of saints-seers, subject experts, NGOs and common people will be taken in it.

The Chief Minister said that declaration made for Narmada conservation at Simhastha Mahakumbh will be given concrete shape with people’s cooperation. He said that the proposed campaign by the nomenclature ‘Namami Devi Narmade’ will be launched from Amarkantak on November 11, 2016, which is next day after Dev Uthani Gyras. He said that if necessary, the campaign can be undertaken on Yatra path for 100 days instead of 50 days. During the period, parallel Yatras will be taken out on both the banks of Narmada.

The Chief Minister said that saints-seers, environmentalists, subject experts of natural resources, social organisations and maximum number of common people will be associated with this about 1000 km long Yatra. The Yatra would mainly focus on cleanliness, plantation, water conservation, revival of rivers, pollution control and organic farming. Public meetings will also be held in villages on the path of Yatra to apprise people about these issues.

The Chief Minister directed to invite suggestions from people and experts in this regard. He said that this campaign will be totally people-oriented. He made it clear that only the vehicles required for highly essential services will ply on Yatra path during this period. Cultural programmes will be held on camp sites every night. Every day, Yatra will begin with sanitation programme. the Chief Minister said that he would take part minimum once a week in this multi-purpose Yatra.



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