Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, far right, launches initiative. Photo:

Eyeing the Guinness Book of World Records, the Madhya Pradesh government planted nearly 700,000 saplings along the Narmada River in just 12 hours on Sunday, according to media reports.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the one-day initiative at 7 am by performing a puja (praying) and planting saplings in Amarkantak, where the river originates, PTI reported.

About 667,000 saplings were planted across 24 districts of the state.

Sushma Swaraj, the external affairs minister, took to Twitter to congratulate Chouhan, ANI reported. She tweeted, “The initiative to conserve ‘mother Narmada’ will inspire protection of environment globally. My heartiest congratulation to Shivraj Singh Chouhanji for the unprecedented success of the initiative.”

Guinness sent representatives to monitor the drive, but it has not yet announced a decision.

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