Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today appealed to the people to take a pledge to conserve and keep as clean as possible all water bodies that include lakes, ponds and rivers.
The chief minister was addressing a special function here to mark the Jheel Mahotsav (Lake Festival). He said that the Upper Lake is the pride of Bhopal and has a distinct identity. Bhopal will now become an IT city, green city, smart city and a heritage city. It is the responsibility of every citizen to conserve and add to the beauty of Bhopal’s lakes, he added.
Boat dance wins hearts
Jheel Mahotsav organised jointly by State departments of Sports & Youth Welfare, Tourism, Culture, began with Vande Mataram. A dance-drama on the tradition and practice of worshiping water was staged. The artistes presented water as elixir of life. Lauding the sportspersons associated with the state Water Sports Academy and National Sailing School for the attractive boat dance presented by them, the Chief Minister said that winning 25 medals in national boating contests is a major achievement for Madhya Pradesh.
The boat dance left the audience spell-bound. State Sports Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia, ex-chief minister Kailash Joshi, Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma, Municipal Corporation Chairperson Surjeet Singh Chouhan, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, Director General of Police Surendra Sinh were prominent among those who attended the function.