Bhopal:Wednesday, August 13, 2008: Narmada Parikrama Path would be developed under the first phase of Narmada Samagra Vikas Yojana in Madhya Pradesh. This decision was taken at a meeting here today chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The Chief Minister would formally inaugurate it this month by undertaking plantation and development work of the Path at Tigriya village in Hoshangabad district.
Salient features of Narmada Samagra Yojana *
Mini watersheds on both banks of Narmada river
Water purification/conservation work with cooperation of villages/Gram Panchayats under Watershed Area Management Scheme
Plantation of decorative shade-giving off Narmada Parikrama route for its beautification under Haryali Mahotsava.
Implementation of works under Total Sanitation Campaign in villages on priority basis. Provision of rest and public utility all along the route.
Priority to Gau Samvardhan
Development of meadows for ample availability of fodder and programmes to improve cattle breeds at the local levels
Propagation of livelihood programmes
Fillip to production of fruits, vegetables and milk
Inspiring private landholders to undertake plantation
Setting up of private biogas plants.
Underlining the need to improve road of Narmada Parikrama and development of facilities on entire Parikrama route for devotees and Parikrama Path Yatris, he instructed that resting points and public utilities should be built at every 20 kilometre of Parikrama route. These works should be undertaken by the Forest Department on forest land and by Rural Development Department on other lands.
The Chief Minister gave instruction to undertake large-scale plantations on both sides of Narmada river with a view to checking soil erosion. He said that this work should be given priority under Haryali Mahotasava. He instructed to complete identification of development works to be undertaken on Narmada Parikrama route within two months and present a detailed action plan.
Narmada Samagra Development Scheme
This scheme would be implemented in the districts adjoining the course of Narmada. Under the scheme various works have been identified including environmental conservation at Narmada Ghats, purification of Narmada water and development of 250 mili watersheds. These watersheds would irrigate nine lakh 39 thousand hectare area in 1020 Gram Pachayats and 1761 villages.
The responsibility of making works under Narmada Samagra scheme job-oriented would lie mainly with the villagers. The main activities under the scheme would be conservation of water and soil.
Kapil Dhara, Nandan Falodyan, Nirmal Vatika, Nirmal Neer and other community works would also be included under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Shade-giving and decorative trees would be grown all along Narmada Parikrama Path for its beautification. Total Sanitation Campaign would also be undertaken with the help of local residents for purification of Narmada water. Besides, efforts would also be undertaken to increase production of fruits, vegetables and milk as well as setting up of biogas plants along the Narmada course areas which are situated in Madhya Pradesh.
Those present at the meeting included Public Works Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, vice-chairman of Madhya Pradesh Jan Abhiyan Parishad Shri Anil Dave, deputy chairman of Narmada Valley Development Department Shri Pradeep Bhargava, Principal Secretary Rural Development Shri I.N. Dani, Chief Minister ‘s secretaries Shri Anurag Jain and Shri S.K. Mishra and other concerning officers.