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Two Indian Beaches In Tamil Nadu And Puducherry Receive ‘Blue Flag’ Certification

Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry are the beaches that have received the coveted international eco-lab el ‘Blue Flag’

Two Indian Beaches In Tamil Nadu And Puducherry Receive 'Blue Flag' Certification
Highlights
  • Blue Flag is an indication of 100% compliance to 33 stringent criteria
  • Blue Flag also marks the sound health of the beach
  • 8 Indian beaches were given blue flag certificate last year

New Delhi: Two Indian beaches in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were accorded the ‘Blue Flag’ certification by the coveted international eco-lab el ‘Blue Flag’, as per a release by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change released on Tuesday (September 21). Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry are the beaches that have received the honour. Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark (FEE) which accords the globally recognized eco-label – Blue Flag certification, has also given re-certification for 8 nominated beaches: Shivrajpurin Gujarat, Ghoghla in Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri in Karnataka, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Golden in Odisha and Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar, which were awarded the Blue Flag certificate last year.

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Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupendra Yadav expressed happiness and congratulated everyone stating that it is another milestone in India’s journey towards a Clean and Green India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF&CC) in its pursuit of “Sustainable Development” of the coastal regions of India embarked upon a highly acclaimed & flagship program titled Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS) which is one of the initiatives under the ICZM approach that the MoEF&CC has undertaken for the sustainable development of coastal regions of India, with a prime objective to protect and conserve the pristine coastal and marine ecosystems through holistic management of the resources.

This was aimed at achieving the globally recognized and the coveted International eco-label “Blue Flag”, accorded by International Jury comprising of members from IUCN, UNWTO, UNEP, UNESCO etc. FEE Denmark conducts regular monitoring & audits for strict compliance with the 33 criteria at all times. A waving “Blue Flag” is an indication of 100% compliance to these 33 stringent criteria and sound health of the beach, read the release.

The objective of the BEAMS program is to abate pollution in coastal waters, promote sustainable development of beach facilities, protect & conserve coastal ecosystems & natural resources, and seriously challenge local authorities & stakeholders to strive and maintain high standards of cleanliness, hygiene & safety for beachgoers in accordance with coastal environment & regulations.

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In the last 3 years or so, the Ministry has achieved some commendable results in the environmental management of these 10 beaches and some of them are:

1) Sand dune restoration and nourishment of 95,000 Sqm (approximately) with native plantation.
2) Reduction in marine litter by 85 per cent and 78 per cent in marine plastic in the last 3 years.
3) Scientific & responsible disposal of 750 tonnes of marine litter.
4) Improvement in cleanliness level from “C” (poor) to “A++ (outstanding) through scientific measurement system.
5) Saving of 1100 ML/year of municipal water through recycling.
6) 3 years’ database on regular testing of bathing water quality (physical, chemical and biological contamination) and health risk monitoring.
7) Approximately 1,25,000 beachgoers are educated on responsible behaviour on the beaches.
8) Increase in footfall for recreation activities by approximately 80% leading to economic development.
9) Alternate livelihood opportunities for 500 fishermen families through pollution abatement, safety & services. The Ministry is further committed to develop and deliver 100 more beaches under its ICZM initiative in the ensuing 5 years of the Ministry’s vision agenda.

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20,40,54,102Active
3,35,14,449Recovered
49,29,776Deaths
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India

3,41,43,236 15,786Cases
1,75,7453,086Active
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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,98,218 1,573

27,899 1,434

64,30,394 2,968

1,39,925 39

Kerala

48,88,523 8,733

82,093 1,240

47,79,228 9,855

27,202 118

Karnataka

29,84,849 365

9,017 86

29,37,848 443

37,984 8

Tamil Nadu

26,91,797 1,164

13,790 268

26,42,039 1,412

35,968 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,303 493

5,500 66

20,42,476 552

14,327 7

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,068 10

107 5

16,87,062 14

22,899 1

West Bengal

15,83,646 833

7,535 44

15,57,090 775

19,021 14

Delhi

14,39,488 22

311 1

14,14,087 21

25,090

Odisha

10,37,056 524

4,336 51

10,24,422 573

8,298 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,773 38

206 21

9,91,995 16

13,572 1

Rajasthan

9,54,395 2

36 2

9,45,405 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,353 13

156 20

8,16,110 33

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,721 12

88 6

7,82,110 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,125 9

131 2

7,60,945 11

10,049

Bihar

7,26,042 6

30 0

7,16,351 6

9,661

Telangana

6,69,739 183

3,967 1

6,61,829 183

3,943 1

Assam

6,07,811 384

3,762 152

5,98,087 228

5,962 4

Punjab

6,02,135 22

226 6

5,85,358 27

16,551 1

Jharkhand

3,48,526 40

166 24

3,43,225 16

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,787 14

176 0

3,36,213 14

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,386 87

814 14

3,26,143 73

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,138 202

1,452 58

2,16,955 140

3,731 4

Goa

1,77,765 59

618 21

1,73,790 35

3,357 3

Puducherry

1,27,564 43

454 7

1,25,258 50

1,852

Manipur

1,23,051 81

1,346 14

1,19,800 94

1,905 1

Mizoram

1,15,944 737

10,034 229

1,05,510 962

400 4

Tripura

84,369 18

105 10

83,448 8

816

Meghalaya

83,210 52

735 26

81,034 76

1,441 2

Chandigarh

65,315 3

26 2

64,469 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,065 22

140 2

54,645 20

280

Sikkim

31,819 19

185 10

31,241 9

393

Nagaland

31,670 11

250 5

30,743 15

677 1

Ladakh

20,896 10

43 9

20,645 1

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,678 2

4 2

10,670

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 0

7,510

129

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