This refers to the news about Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) giving A-certificate to river Narmada in terms of cleanliness to the extent that its water can now be sipped for religious rituals even though it will have to be further purified for drinking purposes by making it bacteria-free.
The project needs to be studied and implemented in a time-bound manner by Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in respect of other rivers of the country. Additionally a fresh project to develop beds and banks of rivers in urban areas should be undertaken on lines of developing expressways. It should not be difficult because flow of rivers is usually temporarily diverted for making bridges etc. Water tourism and tourist places along river banks in cities will then provide added facilities for citizens.
Madhu Agrawal, Delhi