Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has taken up the task of purification of river Narmada considered to be the lifeline of the state. The Urban Administration Department has prepared a survey to purify the river within a period of ten years.

The survey has been conducted in nine cities of the state. The urban bodies inhabited on the banks of the river Narmada will be entrusted with the task of preventing the river’s pollution.

Urban Administration and Development Minister Babulal Gaur told reporters on Saturday, “Work has been started in this direction. A meeting was held of officials of Chief Municipal Corporations of Amarkantak, Dinduri, Mandla Bedhagat Hoshangabad, Budni, Omkareshwar, Mandaleshwar and Maheshwar.”

Gaur said, efforts to make Narmada river pollution free, preventing drains from falling into the river, water drainage, disposal of solid waste, sanitation and maintaining cleanliness in nine cities and towns on the banks of river Narmada will be taken up on priority basis.

There are around 52 towns habited near river Narmada which are being surveyed.

Dustbin-free towns

Gaur said, Maheshwar, Rau, Kushi, Dahi, Sailana and Panna have been declared ‘dustbin-free’ cities. Some wards under Bhopal Municipal Corporation have also been declared dustbin-free areas.

According to Gaur, there is a need to build 2,500 houses to reestablish people from area where ground water has been polluted with union carbide. A budget of Rs 39.99 crore has been approved for building 886 houses on 14 acres of land in the first phase.

Metro train project

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has given his nod for the preparation of the detailed project report (DPR) of the proposed metro rail plan in Bhopal and Indore. The suggestion of approval of an additional Rs 2 crore for the report has been forwarded to the government. Instead of a single tender system, instructions have been issued for implementing a selection process of the tenders.

Potable water in each house

A budgetary allocation for Rs 123 crore has been approved for providing clean drinking water in towns while priority will be given to those with over one lakh population.