PM Modi launches river conservation project in Madhya Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Monday Narmada Seva Mission for the conservation of the crucial river, which is a lifeline of Madhya Pradesh.Launching the Narmada Seva Mission in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, Modi, appeared at his reverent best. His speech preceded the recital of Hindu chants at the Narmada temple. During his speech he extolled the place of the Narmada in Hindu shastras.“It is a perfect document of future vision, it should be sent to all other states,Narmada Seva mission plan document prepared by the Madhya Pradesh government.The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in the state envisaged the initiative as a people’s movement to protect the highly polluted river and green laws are lax and most cleaning projects are blighted by corruption and delays. With large stretches still contaminated by toxic waste and sewage, the $3 billion plan to clean the Ganga – India’s showcase river conservation project — is set to miss its 2018 deadline.The PM also said that since he was born in Gujarat, he knows the importance of ‘every drop of water’ of the Narmada.He said the river had an important role to play in ensuring 20 per cent agriculture growth for Madhya Pradesh.Madhya Pradesh would gradually move away from thermal power, promote organic farming in a big way, and would establish a course on river rejuvenation in universities.Narmada Sewa Mission – formed to take forward the plans formulated during the yatra – would be a public-driven platform which would work towards making the river the cleanest river in the world.

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