Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has instructed the state officials to draft a comprehensive work plan for revival of rivers in the state.
The work-plan must be prepared by May 31 and the plan must be executed before the onset of the monsoon, the CM told the officials.
Expressing apprehension over encroachments of riverbed and shrinking of rivers because of encroachment and discharge of effluents into them from industrial units, the CM called for the immediate action.
Baghel instructed the officials to take views of officials of concerned departments, public representatives, distinguished local citizens, as well as experienced and noted non-government organisations across the nation.
Baghel was concerned not only about conservation of rivers, but also over “disappointing figures” of irrigated land in the state.
Notable, 80 % of the state population is based on agriculture, but only 36% agriculture land is irrigated in the state.