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Union Environment and Forest Minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away at the age of 60 .on 18th may 2017
About Anil Madhav Dave:
He was Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change since July 2016.
Dave, who was well-known for his work on Narmada conservation, had also founded the ‘Narmada Samagra’ organisation that worked for the conservation of Narmada and its catchment.
He has authored several books in Hindi and two in English, including ‘From Amarkantak to Amarkantak’ and ‘Beyond Copenhagen’.
He was a Member of Parliament, representing Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Indian Parliament) since 2009.
He was a member of various committees including the Committee on Water Resources and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
He was also a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change from March 2010 to June 2010.
He was appointed as the Minister of State (MoS) independent charge of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the Modi Government’s cabinet expansion on 5 July 2016.
On 15 August 2016, the strongest statement made by Dave is “ India’s move towards an Asbestos Free country”.
About Narmada river:
The Narmada, also called the Rewa, is a river in central India and the fifth longest river in the Indian subcontinent.
It is the third longest river that flows entirely within India, after the Godavari, and the Krishna.
It is also known as “Life Line of Madhya Pradesh” for its huge contribution to the state of Madhya Pradesh in many ways.
It forms the traditional boundary between North India and South India and flows westwards over a length of 1,312 km (815.2 mi) before draining through the Gulf of Khambhat into the Arabian Sea, 30 km (18.6 mi) west of Bharuch city of Gujarat.
It is one of only three major rivers in peninsular India that run from east to west (longest west flowing river), along with the Tapti River and the Mahi River.
It is one of the rivers in India that flows in a rift valley, flowing west between the Satpura and Vindhya ranges.
The other rivers which flow through rift valley include Damodar River in Chota Nagpur Plateau and Tapti. The Tapti River and Mahi River also flow through rift valleys, but between different ranges.