Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, on 11 December 2016 launched Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak. The yatra that will continue till 11 May 2017 (about five months) aims at turning the River Narmada pollution free and unceasing.
This Narmada Sewa Yatra that will cover more than 1900 kilometres (from Amarkantak to Sondwa (Alirajpur)) in 16 districts will also help in making people aware about the conservation of the river.
Before kick starting the campaign, Chouhan performed all religious rituals and invited religious leaders to join the yatra. He said that he will join the campaign every week.
Highlights of the Narmada Sewa Yatra
• All villages that lie on the bank of the river will have its own Narmada Sewa Samiti, which will undertake the follow-up action on measures for its preservation.
• Sewage water that flows into the river will be treated before being released into the river.
• Trees will be planted along the banks of the Narmada.
• During the 118 day, journey will be monitored by a core team of fifty persons.
• The yatra will comprise of workshops and public meetings.
• The Narmada, also called the Rewa, is the fifth largest river of the Indian subcontinent. It originates from the peak of the Maikaal Mountain and converges in the Arabian Sea at Gulf of Khambat, Gujarat. Its altitude from mean sea level is 3500 feet.
• It is the third longest river (1310 kilometres) that flows within India after the Godavari, and the Krishna. It is also termed as the Life Line of Madhya Pradesh.
• Major Tributaries of River Narmada are Hiran, Tawa, Ganjaal, Goi, Karzan, Tendoni, Baarna, Kolar, Banjar, Maan, Uri, Orsang, Budhner, Sher, Small Tawa, Shakkar, Dudhi, Kundi, Veda and Sukta
• It is one of the only three rivers in India that runs from East to West. It is the longest west flowing river in India.
• Other two rivers that flow towards West are the Tapti River and the Mahi River