Rivers are valuable assets, it is our duty to protect them: Patel

The Gujarat government on Sunday launched “Nadi Utsav” or river festival to honor rivers for their contribution to the state’s development as well as raise awareness about their conservation.

Beginning the five-day program with prayers on the banks of Tapi river in Surat on Sunday, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said, “Rivers are our valuable asset… they are the only source of pure and clean water. It is our duty to protect and save the rivers, which are the lifeline of our future generations.”

State BJP President CR Patil and Union Minister of State for Railways and Textiles Darshan Jardosh were also present at the event organized as a part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”.

“It is the duty of the government to preserve the rivers and develop public facilities on their banks. The state government has developed the facility of unity cruise and river rafting on the banks of river Narmada at Kevadiya. Similarly, the Sabarmati Riverfront has also been developed for the people.

Elaborating on the state government’s commitment for the development of the Tapi Riverfront project, Patel said, “Industries should play their part in preserving and protecting by not dumping un-treated waste into the river.” He also appealed to the citizens to preserve the rivers.

On the second day of the Good Governance Week organized as part of the birth anniversary celebrations of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, CM Bhupendra Patel inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several development projects by Surat Municipal Corporation.