15 May 2017

The Chief Minister handed over a copy of an action plan of the Narmada Seva Mission for continuous flow of Narmada at Amarkantak today on the occasion of launching of the Mission and completion of 'Namami Devi Narmade'-Seva Yatra, which began from Amarkantak from December 11, 2016. The Action Plan would be implemented jointly by all the concerning departments.

Responsibilities and activities of each department have been fixed for maintaining continuous flow of Narmada. These departments include Forests, Panchayat and Rural development, Agriculture, Fisheries, Narmada Valley Development, Urban Development, Animal Husbandry, Gramodyog, Revenue, Mineral Development, Horticulture, Food Processing, Environment, New and Renewable Energy, Tourism, Science and Technology, Social Justice, Culture, Industries, Planning and Statistics, These departments will collectively build up action plans and implement them in close collaboration with each other.

The Department of Forests will soon start GIS mapping of Narmada. The Planning Department will spread Narmada Literacy and set up Narmada Knowledge Centres along the banks. The Department of Panchayat and Rural Development will ascertain the role of Panchayats in conservation of Narmada’s tributaries. It will also ensure that all the villages along the river become open defecation free. The Department of Agricutlrue will ensure that organic farming is taken up at 50 acre in every Gram Panchayat every year.

The Department of Narmada Valley Development will ensure that the ecology of the river and its flow are not upset by the dams constructed and proposed over it. The Department of Urban Development will help check the inflow of sewage water into Narmada and the New and Renewable Energy Department will encourage use of solar pump sets along Narmada River.

The department of culture will see that the seers and saints have coordination and dialogue with the society for making the river pollution–free. In order to check possible industrial pollution in tributaries of Narmada, suitable strategic plans will be designed by the department of Industries.