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Narmada Seva Yatra to be example for cleanliness of rivers

Saturday - March 25, 2017 3:25 am , Category : MADHYA PRADESH

CM Chouhan at Hindi edition release of “Down to Earth”Magazine 

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the Narmada Seva Yatra is an effort to present an example to keep the rivers clean. Chouhan was today addressing a programme organised on the occasion of release of the Hindi edition of the “Down to Earth” magazine.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that to save the world, people will have to stop tampering with nature. Narmada Seva Yatra is a humble effort to save the world by maintaining equilibrium with nature. He said that Narmada Seva Yatra is an attempt to provide a platform to assemble persons, institutions and organisations active towards conservation of rivers. It is an attempt to enable envrionmentalists, scientists, social, religious and political workers, litterateurs, artists etc to work for river conservation through this yatra.

Giving information about the works being undertaken for conservation of rivers which includes plantation of fruit bearing trees, installation of visarjan kund, Muktidham, treatment plant and construction of toilet, Chouhan said that the Yatra has brought about a tranformation in social thinking. Effective changes are being made in pujan process. He said that fruit bearing trees will be planted on both banks of the river on July 2 in a day from the starting point of Narmada to the State’s border. On this day, over 50 lakh people will assemble on the banks of Narmada. He said that efforts are being made to make people aware of social issues, campaigns like Beti Bachao, literacy and de-addiciton. From April 1st, all liquor shops on the both banks of Narmada river will be closed down. Work of conservation of other rivers including Kshipra, Tapti and Betwa will also be carried out.

Director of Centre for Science and Environment Smt. Sunita Narain said that just as the society needs water from the rivers, the rivers also have as much need. The initiative for conservation of Narmada river was started in the state well in time.

This concern for the river will ensure that it continues to flow eternally. She said that generally efforts to save the environment begins when destruction has already taken place. But this has not happened with Narmada river. She threw light on the objectives of the publication and Hindi edition of “Down to Earth” magazine. Senior journalist Girija Shankar proposed the vote of thanks. MLA and Principal Secretary Public Relations S.K. Mishra was also present on the occasion.-WTN
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