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13 Indian beaches will become Asia's first 'Blue Flag' environment-friendly beaches

13 Indian beaches will become Asia’s first ‘Blue Flag’ environment-friendly beaches

A total of 13 Indian beaches will now have environment-friendly resources and will live up to international standards as they are now going to be awarded with the Blue Flag certification.

Beaches from Maharashtra, Odisha and Goa are going to be developed into Blue Flag beaches to attract more tourists and create a hospitable and clean environment for all the visitors. They will be Asia‘s first beaches to be awarded with this certificate.

Features of a Blue Flag beach

These beaches will have proper waste disposal systems and access to clean drinking water for the tourists. Knowledge about the coastal ecosystem and sensitive natural areas will also be given to the tourists.

A choice of environment-friendly activities will be offered to all the visitors and fully functional toilets will be available to all.

The rules and regulations will be very strict and no unauthorized camping or dumping will be allowed. Along with this, a list of all the rules and information about Blue Flag beaches will be displayed on the beaches.

Development of these beaches

The Indian beaches are being developed by the Society for Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM), an environment ministry’s body working for the management of coastal areas, according to the Blue Flag certification standards.

A five-day conference was held to commemorate the World Environment Day 2018 and the objective was to make the beaches pollution free for Blue Flag certification for which it will have to comply with 33 environmental and tourism-related conditions.

About the Blue Flag programme

The Blue Flag programme was first started in Paris and its main objective was to make all the beaches environment-friendly. In the span of two years, all the beaches of Europe were Blue Flag certified.

The programme spread in South Africa in 2001 while Asia remained untouched by the concept until December 2017 when a pilot project was launched to develop Indian beaches.

Coastal areas in Maharashtra, Odisha to see this development

A senior ministry official said that 13 beaches from the coastal states had been chosen for the Blue Flag certification under the project.

For this, these beaches are being developed in accordance with the Blue Flag beach standards under a Unified Coastal Areas Management Programme.

The aim of this project will be improving the aquatic life by proper management and disposal of pollutants and to develop ecological tourism with constant progress and development of tourist facilities.

Maharashtra’s Chiwla and Bhogave beaches, along with one beach each from Puducherry, Goa, Daman and Diu, Lakshwadeep and Andaman and Nicobar islands are supposed to be a part of this programme.

Chandrabhaga beach of Odisha’s Konark coast was the first to complete the tag certification process.

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