Bhubaneswar: Sunapur Beach has been awarded with the International Blue Flag Certification for 2023-24.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to his X handle and posted that : Glad to share that #Sunapur Beach in #Ganjam, one of the picturesque beaches of #Odisha has received the prestigious #BlueFlag certification from @FEEInt
This globally recognised eco-label, by ensuring stringent environmental standards, cleanliness, and tourist-friendly amenities will further boost tourism. #OdishaLeads.
The achievement of Blue Flag Certification is a testament to the collective efforts of Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (ICZMP) Odisha, said ACS Forest & Environment Satyabrata Sahu.
Team ICZMP along with District Beach Management Committee, Ganjam and local community worked in tandem, said PCCF Wildlife Susanta Nanda.
Sunapur Beach is now not only a destination for pristine beauty but also a model for sustainable coastal tourism, said Shri Nanda.
This Certification is accorded by an International Agency “Foundation For Environment Education, Denmark, based on 33 stringent criteria in four major heads.
Those include Environmental Education and Information, Bathing Water Quality, Environment Management and Conservation as well as Safety and Services in the beaches.
The ‘Blue Flag’ beach is an Eco Tourism Model endeavouring to provide to the tourists and beach goers clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities and amenities, safe and healthy environment and sustainable development of the area, said Shri Nanda.
Works for the beach development started in 2021 and completed in 2023, under ICZMP Odisha.
The Blue Flag Beach stretches over 800 Meters with facilities like speacially designed wheelchairs for differently abled persons, zero liquid waste discharge, lifeguard towers, trained paramedic staff to provide fast aid and CCTV coverage of the area.
The beach is managed by the District Beach Management Committee, Ganjam, said PCCF Shri Nanda.