The Gujarat government would continue with the awareness campaign for conservation of river Narmada in it’s state, a senior minister in Madhya Pradesh said.
The Madhya Pradesh government is conducting a five- month long ‘Namami Devi Narmade – Sewa Yatra’ to create awareness about the river’s conservation. Narmada also passes through Gujarat.
“Gujarat government would continue with the ‘Namami Devi Narmade – Sewa Yatra’ once it reaches Alirajpur (the bordering district of MP and Gujarat),” Minister of Industries in Madhya Pradesh government Rajendra Shukla said at a Jan-Samvad (public interaction) programme organised under this yatra at village Pachola under Harda district yesterday.
Shukla said river Narmada is the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh as a large part of state is dependent on its water for irrigation, drinking, power generation and industrial production.
“We all have to make efforts to maintain its water clean to ensure the growth of state,” he added.
This yatra would complete a circle of river’s part in Madhya Pradesh after returning from Alirajpur.
It started on December 11 last year from Amarkantak, the source of river Narmada. It will cover 1831 km on southern bank comprising 548 villages/towns and 1513 km on northern bank comprising of 556 village/towns, thus covering 3344 km in 144 days.
About half of this yatra would be covered through foot march. It will be completed on May 11 this year.
Along with other measures including plantation, the state government has also announced to shut the liquor shops located within five kilometers of river Narmada’s banks.
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