Bhopal, May 22: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday announced the complete ban on sand mining from Narmada River. In a press conference called on the action plan of Narmada Seva Mission shivraj said mobile parties, check-points and SAF jawans have been deployed for prevention of illegal mining of sand round-the-clock.
"A committee, which includes experts from IIT-Kharagpur and headed by Cabinet minister Rajendra Shukla, has been formed to make suggestions about mining in the Narmada river," Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told reporters here.
Chouhan said the committee would make recommendations, after conducting a scientific study, to prevent any ecological damage to the river.
The chief minister also said that vehicles found involved in illegal mining would be confiscated henceforth, instead of a fine being imposed on them.
The state government has also banned the use of machines for mining in all rivers across Madhya Pradesh. The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern over the condition of rivers in the country.
Chouhan recently had undertaken a five-month Narmada Seva Yatra, visiting the 18 districts. Yatra was launched on 11th December last year to conserve the Narmada river and make it pollution free. The Yatra turned into a social movement. Several dignitaries including Dalia Lama, Baba Ramdev, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath took part in the Yatra.
The state government has also made a plan to plant over six core saplings on the banks of Narmada on 2nd July this year. The state legislative assembly has already passed a government resolution declaring the Narmada a living entity. Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Cabinet resolution to declare Narmada river as living entity was passed during the one-day special session. Hence Narmada river is having all the rights like a living person and if any one hurts it, legal action can be taken against him.