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Bhopal: Narmada Seva Yatris to cover half the distance in vehicles


BHOPAL: Half of the ‘Narmada Seva Yatra’, to be launched by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, will be covered by vehicles. Out of total distance of 3344 kilometres to be covered during the Yatra, 1435 kilometres would be covered by vehicles. A distance of 1909 kilometres will be covered on foot.

Chouhan on Wednesday convened a meeting of state-level organising committee related to Yatra under Namami Devi Narmadey campaign. The meeting was attended by in-charge ministers of 16 districts, located on the banks of river Narmada, MPs, MLAs, divisional commissioner and collectors. The 144-day Yatra would cover 51 blocks across the state.

Chouhan, in the meeting, said Narmada River gives life to Madhya Pradesh and it is the responsibility of its citizens to perform their duties towards it. He urged people to associate with the Yatra by self-motivation to save the river. He said the Yatra should turn into a social campaign. He appealed to saints, social workers, environmentalists, NGOs, religious and cultural institutions to come forward to make it a mass movement. Chouhan said treatment plants will be set up to check mixing of contaminated water in the Narmada. Discussions on pollution in villages on banks of river Narmada would be held. Ghats will be cleaned and new ones will be constructed. ‘Jan-Samvaad’ at 20 places would be conduced to discuss on issues related to environmental significance.

Chouhan said special arrangements for medical care of those taking part in the Yatra will be made. He asked that the route of the Yatra should be studied minutely. The portrait of Goddess Narmada will be garlanded. Use of plastics and thermocol will be prohibited.

Swami Akhileshwaranand said saint community would take part in the Yatra on large scale. The members of the committee gave suggestions to make the Yatra effective and successful.