“MP all set to declare Narmada river , a living entity “
The Madhya Pradesh government will bring a resolution in the state assembly on Wednesday to have a regulatory framework to declare Narmada river a living entity, the first state in the country to do so.
The officials said the passage of the resolution, which is a foregone conclusion, would be followed by the process to enact a law to declare river a living entity.
That would mean that the government will have to declare a custodian of the river, who can ensure its protection.
The Uttrakhand high court in its judgment in March declared Ganga and Yamuna rivers as living entities and gave them legal rights. The court made state chief secretary as the custodian of the river in the hill state.
The official said declaring a river a living entity had a flip side as anyone can sue the river for causing damage such as during floods.
The government, on behalf of the river, can also penalise someone for causing pollution or damaging the river’s aquatic life.
“For instance, if a person’s house is damaged in a flood or a life is lost due to it he could also move the court to seek compensation and file a criminal case against the river,” the official said.
Do not make my life worse by calling me , a living “ Mata Narmada “ !