Indravati River Development Authority to be set up

Central Chronicle News
Jagdalpur, May 31: The Bhupesh Government in Chhattisgarh has fulfilled a long-standing demand with announcement for Indravati River Development Authority for revival of Indravati River which is running dry in summer. Due to dryness of Indravati River the Chitrakot Waterfalls too is running dry. Indravati River is a lifeline of Bastar and that all possible efforts should be made for its preservation, said the Chief Minister Baghel while addressing Bastar Development Authority meeting in Jagdalpur on Thursday.
Drying up of Indravati river has caused worry to Government and environmentalists. Several institutions working for environmental conservation have also launched movement to save Indravati River. Padyatras (foot marches) are being taken out in the villages situated on the bank of Indravati river. The Chief Minister has called for efforts towards preservation of Indravati river in line with the works being carried out under state government’s ambitious ‘Narwa, Garuwa, Ghurwa, Baari Yojana’ for preservation of nullahs.
To this end it is necessary to preserve auxiliary rivers and nullahs and carry out works for water recharge, he said. He also said that Chitrakot waterfalls are precious heritage of Bastar and Chhattisgarh and that it is necessary to maintain its beauty. He instructed to include experts in Authority constituted for preservation of Indravati River. The Chief Minister Baghel instructed Chief Secretary to write a letter to National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) to set up its Zonal Office in Bastar and open recruitment examination centres in Dantewada and Jagdalpur so as to give preference to local youth in Bastar in recruitment in NMDC. Expressing displeasure over delay in establishment of superspeciality hospital by NMDC, he said that NMDC must make arrangements for hospital building, necessary medical equipment, doctors and staff considering the fact that it earns revenue from Bastar. He instructed to organise high level meeting of state government and NMDC.Taking serious note of the complaints about farmers being cheated in Bastar, the Chief Minister instructed to take stern action against frauds. Complaints of cheating with farmers should be seriously probed and strict action should be taken against frauds involved in cheating them, he said. Baghel also approved the demand for setting of tribal museum. Bastar Divisional Commissioner Amrit Kumar Khalkho informed that Bastar Development Authority took up 4583 works during the period from 2004-05 to 2018-19. He also gave district-wise details about works of Rs 240 crore and allotment of fund to the Authority. Urban Administration Minister Dr Shiv Kumar Dahria, School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh, Minister Jaisingh Agrawal, Bastar MP Deepak Baij, all MLAs in Bastar division, Chief Secretary Sunil Kumar Kujur, DGP DM Awasthi, senior officers, other public representatives and senior officers of the Division attended the meeting.

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