Hoshangabad (D)

  • For MP villagers, Rahul visit brings hope of development

    It's like Diwali for Pramila Bai, an anganwadi worker in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Since Saturday she has been busy whitewashing her single-storey house and doing it up, while also arranging for food and toasting freshly-plucked

  • 12-km long tunnel under Bargi Project

    A 12-kilometre long tunnel of 10 metre diametre would be constructed at a cost of Rs 799 crore for carrying Narmada water to the basin of Son river under Bargi diversion project.

  • Conservation of nature must: Dr Jakhar

    While addressing the concluding function of the three-day International River Festival at Bandrabhan in Hoshangabad district today, the Governor stressed the need for conservation of nature and environment for human existence. Underlining the importance of rivers as lifeline of humanity he stressed the need for maximum plantation for their preservation. Expressing regret and displeasure over pollution of great rivers like Ganga, Yamuna and Narmada, the Governor said that development of urban areas should not be at the cost of nature and rivers. Lauding the River Festival the Governor described it as a significant step towards conservation of environment and welfare of humanity. He expressed concern over animosity and terrorism growing in the name of religion and said that the people of India should shun it. They should tread the righteous path shown by sacred books and saints and co-exist peacefully. The Minister for Public Relations Laxmikant Sharma said that the River Festival organised by Narmada Samagra is important for entire country. He stressed the need for proper documentation and compilation of the papers presented by experts during the three-day festival. He said that the Public Relations Department would publish their compilation as a document for future use. The conclusions of the deliberations held by experts during the River Festival were issued in the form of Bandrabhan Declaration. A draft action plan prepared by Narmada Samagra for year 2008-09 was also released on the occasion. The convener of International River Festival and secretary of Narmada Samagra Samiti Anil Dave explained its content. The Bandrabhan Declaration states that every river has her own ground, her own flow-path and her own ethos, which are independent of administrative units. The basis of studies, works and efforts about rivers should, therefore, be river basin. The path of flow of rivers is created by their relentless efforts from time immememorial. An international river bank should be set up to maintain an account of the inflow and outflow of all the rivers. There should be a balance sheet to maintain a vigil on the mobilization and expenditure of the resources for rivers. Also sub-accounts should be maintained for direct and indirect income and expenditure on rivers. It should have complete information of the past and present of rivers and also future ideal shape. There should be a comprehensive thinking on utilization of river waters. Relationship between rivers and people is an important factor. When this love between rivers and people dries up due to oblivion of culture and civilization then a river is reduced to merely a water body. There is need to further cement the bonds of love between the two. Anil Dave informed that an annual action plan for year 2008-09 has been prepared by Narmada Samagra on the basis of Bandrabhan Declaration. It seeks to ensure dense plantation within 200 meter radius of both the banks of Narmada river. Three awards would be given for outstanding works on the rivers in Narmada basin on minor, medium and major levels. The highest award would be given to those working on minor river systems. Under Narmada Samagra Yojana coins of alloy would be provided to the ghats of Narmada river for casting in the river. These coins would comprise 96 percent copper and four percent silver. This would help keep Narmada pollution free. Besides, detergent less soap would be made available to reduce the river pollution level. The next River Festival would be organized in 2010 at the same venue. The president of Narmada Samagra Amritlal Begad delivered the welcome address. The chairman of Pollution Control Board Dr. S.P. Gautam proposed a vote of thanks. Member of Parliament Sartaj Singh; MLA Madhukar Rao Harde; chairman of District Cooperative Bank Yogendra Singh Mandloi; Shiv Choube, former MLA Seetasharan Sharma; officers, public representatives and participants from within and outside the country were present on the occasion.

  • International River Festival from Feb 23

    In order to find out solution for the crises on rivers, a three-day International River Festival will be organised from February 23 at Bandrabhan in Hoshangabad District. According to a press statement issued here on Thursday, more than 500 specialists would participate in the festival, which is being organised by 'Narmada Samagra'. The trustee of Narmada Samagra and environmentalist Anil Madhav Dave informed that in reality, a river is a complete life in itself. Issues like water, forests, land, agriculture, economic development, consumerism, electricity, aquatic life, culture, purity of environment, bio-diversity are all related to river. The pollution of rivers is increasing rapidly and the sensitivity among people towards rivers has vanished. With the objective to discuss on issues related to river and to prepare future strategy regarding conservation of rivers, this river festival is being organised. Thirteen issues have been prepared for discussion in this gathering which are water, forests, land, culture, life, banks, soil, bio-diversity, pollution, economics of rivers, agriculture and role of voluntary institutions. It is worth mentioning here that for this festival, a complete town named 'Narmada Puram' has been developed on the banks of river Narmada at Bandrabhan of Hoshangabad district.

  • Tawa Matsya Sangh, fishing co operative in Madhya Pradesh, loses licence

    Tawa Matsya Sangh, fishing co operative in Madhya Pradesh, loses licence

    The future of the Tawa Matsya Sangh (tms), a cooperative of fisherfolk operating in the Tawa reservoir in Madhya Pradesh's Hoshangabad district, is firmly on hold. On December 23, 2006, their licence

  • MP government to net in fisherfolk`s body

    MP government to net in fisherfolk's body

    the future of the Tawa Matsya Sangh (tms), Madhya Pradesh's highly acclaimed federation of fisherfolk cooperatives, is at stake. The Madhya Pradesh (mp) government is contemplating taking over the

  • Fishing in troubled waters

    Fishing in troubled waters

    People displaced by a dam on the Tawa, the Narmada s biggest tributary, charted their own rehabilitation through exemplary management of natural resources

  • Rs 2500 crore spent on enhancing power supply and strengthening network

    Rs 2500 crore has been spent on increasing power supply and strengthening network under ADB Project in the state during the last five years. Under the project, 220 KV and 132 KV sub stations and lines have been constructed after strengthening transmission network. As a result of this, power generation capacity has increased by 3 thousand 162 megawatts.

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