Bhopal : Tuesday, December 5

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that a grand programme will be organized in Jabalpur on December 11 on the completion of one year of Narmada Seva Yatra. The progress of conservation and promotion works of Narmada river will be kept before the public. Reviewing the works being undertaken under Narmada Seva Mission, he directed officials to speed up works. Shri Chouhan expressed joy at the survival of 90 percent saplings that were planted on July 2 last.

CM Shri Chouhan reviewed in detail the works being undertaken by various departments to maintain the incessant flow of Narmada river. Meanwhile he directed the officials to start all approved works soon. He told them to apprise the public with the works. He said that the number of changing rooms being built on the ghats should be increased as per need. Farmers should be inspired to plant fruit-bearing saplings in their fields. Make arrangements of water to save saplings from summer. Ensure availability of saplings well in advance for the next plantation programme. He made it clear that all arrangements should be made to save trees.

CM Shri Chouhan directed officials to remove encroachments and mark borders of the rivers. He directed them to clean the ghats besides white washing etc before Narmada Jayanti on January 24. Shri Chouhan said that government and society will together celebrate Narmada Jayanti in all villages and towns on the banks of Narmada. The Chief Minister directed to implement the new mining policy effectively and ensure not to allow even a drop of water from factories to flow into the river. He also directed them to select spiritual tourist site where people can meditate in solitude.

On the occasion it was told that 7 crore 10 lakh saplings were planted at 1 lakh 21 thousand spots on July 2 on both the banks of Narmada river. Out of these 90 percent plants have survived. Similarly, fruit-bearing saplings have been planted in 13,906 hectare area in the fields of farmers of which 97 percent plants have survived. As many as 309 dustbins have been kept in villages on the banks of the river, solid waste management system is being arranged in 9 clusters of 44 urban bodies, 243 public toilets have been constructed and 2 mobile toilets have been arranged in each urban body. As many as 26 ghats will be made on the river out of which construction of 5 ghats has been approved and the restoration work of 4 ghats has begun. As many as 119 changing rooms for women have been constructed in the ghats. Similarly visarjan kund have been installed at 28 places, 19 Muktidhams have been constructed. A gas-based crematorium is under construction in Hoshangabad. Sewage projects are ready in 20 cities on the banks of Narmada of which work of sewage treatment plant will begin 10 urban bodies by the end of this month and in the remaining places by March end.

It was told that 75 lakh 25 thousand saplings have been planted on the borders of the fields of farmers in 16 districts on the banks of Narmada, 1202 biogas plants have been constructed, 24030 farm bunding works have been started and 29 lakh soil health cards have been distributed. As many as 39,000 projects have been approved in 353 villages for organic authentication, NADEP and Vermicompost ctivities have begun, 363 NADEP have approved and 400 hapi seeder machines have been approved. Similarly, training has been imparted to 503 fishermen and 34 lakh fish seeds have been distributed. Next year 426 ponds will be constructed. Camps have been put up in 576 gram panchayats for treatment of cattle of which 21271 cattle have been treated. To ensure jobs for local people, 115 dona-pattal manufacturing units and 26 clay kullad making units have been approved. Nearly 935 demarcations were made on the river bank and 413 encroachments were removed.

Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Jan Abhiyan Parishad Vice Presidents Shri Pradeep Pandey and Shri Raghavendra Gautam besides senior officials of various departments including Forest, Energy, Urban Development, Rural Development, Public Works, Narmada Valley, Cottage and Gramodyog, Housing and Environment, Mineral, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fish Farming etc. were also present at the meeting.