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.