PM Narendra Modi to unveil roadmap for Narmada's revival today

The Narmada river originates at Amarkantak.

PM Narendra Modi to unveil roadmap for Narmada's revival today
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Bhopal/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday pay a one-day visit to Madhya Pradesh to attend the concluding ceremony of the 'Namami Devi Narmada Sewa Yatra' in Anooppur district.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will receive the PM at the Dumna airport in Jabalpur.

Modi will take a chopper ride from Jabalpur in the afternoon to reach Amarkantak to participate in the event, which will mark the end of the Madhya Pradesh government's pet project.

In the event, the PM will unveil a roadmap for steps to be taken for the conservation of the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh.

He will also take part in 'Narmada Pujan' and address a gathering, an official associated with the yatra said.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the Prime Minister's visit, he said.

The Prime Minister will return to Delhi from Jabalpur at around 5 pm.

The Narmada river originates at Amarkantak.

On Sunday, the PM had tweeted: “I am delighted to join the programme to mark the conclusion of the Narmada Seva Yatra in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, tomorrow afternoon.”

"Narmada Seva Yatra is an excellent mass movement to protect the Narmada & conveys a larger message of saving the environment as well".

He said he will launch the 'Narmada Seva Mission' which will have a major impact on Madhya Pradesh`s ecology.

"The Prime Minister will release a roadmap for the conservation of Narmada, the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh, at Amarkantak," Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said yesterday.

"The roadmap has been prepared after wide-ranging consultations with various stakeholders, including environmentalists, river conservation experts and people directly associated with the Narmada," he said.

The Yatra had started from Amarkantak on December 11, 2016, and is concluding there after covering a distance of 3,344 km and passing through over 1,100 villages and towns.

A number of prominent personalties, including Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, BJP president Amit Shah, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Uma Bharti, Anil Madhav Dave, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and well-known water conservationist Rajendra Singh, among others, took part in the yatra in its different stages.

Narmada flows 1,312 km before draining through the Gulf of Khambhat into the Arabian Sea.

Narmada, also known as Rewa, is one of only three major rivers in the country that flows from east to west. The other two are Tapti and Mahi.

(With Agency inputs)