"Namami Devi Narmade" - Seva Yatra Covered 2802 km distance in 121 days
Jabalpur. Aimed at maintaining cleanliness of Narmada river and making it pollution-free, 'Namami Devi Narmade' - Seva Yatra today completed its 121 days. Started on December 11, 2016, the Yatra is now going on at northern shore of Jabalpur district, after it traversed through 687 villages, 500 Gram Panchayats and 51 development blocks of 16 districts. The yatra created awareness among public toward Narmada conservation in village Rampur Chowk, Bilhari, Gaur Chauraha and Saliwada of Jabalpur district.
So far, 687 Jan-Samvad (public dialogues) have held during the Yatra in which 570 persons of national and international repute and more than 19 lakh people have participated. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself participated in the Yatra at 42 places in Jan-Samvad, which is a record. Apart from 16 districts located on shores of Narmada, Up-Yatras were taken out from nearby districts. Total 1408 Up-Yatras have been participated in the yatra so far. Around 74772 persons have got registered for the Yatra as Narmada Sevak.
The yatra has set new dimension of social awareness. Worshiping Narmada as a deity, seers, saints and community people are appealing others not to dispose of waste pujan material in the river. People have started to install traditional lamps made of leaves on the place of plastic made lamps. Villages located both the sides of Narmada river will be made open defecation free and people have started to adopt it. Plants will be set up to treat sewage water.
Over 21 lakh people took resolution for de-addiction - Around 21.62 lakh people were administered resolution for de-addiction and protecting Narmada river during the Yatra. Wide programme has been prepared by forests department for plantation on 144377 hectare land of 118085 farmer families of 292 Gram Panchayats of 882 villages of 16 districts. Total 712 Narmada Seva Samitis have been formed in Gram Panchayat located at the shores. More than 2000 social and voluntary organisations are extending help in providing food and other facilities to Yatra members.