In an attempt to revive the aesthetic beauty of river Narmada, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stated that all liquor shops within the 5 km radius of the banks of river Narmada will be shut down from April 1. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s Chief Minister Chouhan was present in Sehore to perform a ‘Maha Aarti’ on the occasion of Narmada Seva Yatra programme.
Prior to this declaration, Chouhan had earlier mentioned about the cleansing drive of river Narmada on several occasions. Addressing a gathering at Chabi village in Mandla district, he had urged for a society free from addiction. The CM was on a yatra called ‘Namami Devi Narmade – Seva Yatra’.
During his yatra, Chouhan said that the locals had taken oath to leave addiction in order to transfer their interest towards their families and the society at large. The CM also requested the people belonging to the villages located alongside the riverbank of Narmada not to dispose off any kind of waste like fruits, flowers and puja materials in the river.
In a statement quoted by The Indian Express, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said, “ State government would construct separate ponds for the disposal of puja material. I request people not to throw any kind of material in the river.”
From April 1, all liquor shops within 5km of the riverbank of Narmada River will be shut down: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan pic.twitter.com/PZ2k1fNCBh
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The CM also talked about afforestation and plantation drive. He said 6,376 farmers of Mandla district have joined hands to plant trees. He added, “30 per cent areas in the state are dependent on this river and one cannot imagine of a Madhya Pradesh without river Narmada.”