Bhopal, March 5: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday said that farmer who plant saplings will be given Rs 20,000 per hectare for three years till the trees bear fruit. Chouhan administered oath to the Narmada devotees to plant saplings on both the banks of the river Narmada and maintain it. Tree plantation is necessary to keep Narmada always full of water.CM termed Narmada as the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh and said Narmada gives us water and paves the way for development. It is due to the pure water of Narmada that the rate of development of agriculture in Madhya Pradesh is above 20 per cent since four years. It is due to Narmada that the state has been able to become self-reliant in agriculture and power production. He said that Narmada was a ‘Mokshadayini’. We have taken water from the Narmada but have not given it anything.
Chouhan informed that treatment plants will be set up to save River Narmada from pollution due to sewage waste water of houses. He said that waste material causing pollution in Narmada will not be allowed to dump in the river. Visarjan Kund will be made at each bank of Narmada. He said that mukti dham (crematorium) will be constructed for last rite at banks.
Chief Minister also said that toilets should be constructed in every house in the villages on the banks of the river Narmada. Giving instructions in this connection to officials he said that special attention must be given towards construction of toilets in all villages on the banks to save Narmada from pollution and dirt.