Golden Beach of Puri has been notified as Blue Flag Beach, an International Eco-Label, thanks to the overdrive of District Collector, Balwant Singh and his Team Efforts.
Since he took over as District Collector of Puri, Mr.Singh has been making determined efforts to clean the Holy City in general and particularly the most popular beach of Puri.
Now his sincere efforts have yielded positive results and International Acclaim.
On the eve of International Coastal Clean-Up Day Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) announced at a virtual event that for the first time Puri Beach along with eight beaches of India are recommended for the coveted International eco-label, the Blue Flag certification.
Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches of the world. The eight beaches are Golden beach of Odisha , Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Ghoghla in Daman&Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri beach in Karnataka, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, and Radhanagar beach in Andaman and Nicobar.
Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar who couldn’t attend the event due to the ongoing parliament session, said through a video message that the government is committed to clean the beaches across the country.
He said, clean beaches are the testimony to environment in the coastal area. He said, the issue of marine litter and oil spilling has caused disturbances to the aquatic life and the Government of India is undertaking various efforts for the sustainable development of coastal regions
Speaking on the occasion, Union Environment Secretary, RP Gupta said that high standards are being maintained to clean the beaches to keep environment safe and in the next four to five years 100 more beaches will be cleaned.
With a view to protect and conserve the coastal and marine ecosystems and environment through a holistic coastal management, the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change launched the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) activities in India for a holistic approach with an interactive, dynamic, multidisciplinary, and iterative planning process to promote sustainable development & management of coastal zones through its own wing SICOM.
The concept of ICZM was introduced in 1992 during the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro and most of the coastal countries in the World have been adopting ICZM principles for managing their coastal zones. Thus, adoption of ICZM principles for managing and sustainably developing our coastal regions is helping India in keeping with its commitments to international agreements on ICZM.