New Delhi: Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar today imposed ‘Blue Flag’ on eight beaches of the country and said that one hundred more beaches will be made ‘Blue Flag’ in the next three-four years.
Mr. Javadekar hoisted the ‘Blue Flag’ in the virtual program at Kappad in Kerala, Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Ghoghla in Diu, Kasarkod and Padubiri in Karnataka, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Golden in Odisha and Radhanagar beaches in Andaman and Nicobar. Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change and several senior officials of the Ministry were also involved in this program.
These beaches received International Blue Flag certification on 06 October last by the ‘Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark’. It was announced by an international jury in Copenhagen, Denmark. Blue flag certification is given to beaches that meet 33 standards of cleanliness and public amenities.
The environment minister said that in the next three-four years, 100 more beaches will be made ‘Blue Flag’ level. For this, every person has to be clean around the beaches. The cleanliness of the beaches needs to be given the form of a mass movement. He said that most of the tourism in the world takes place on the beaches. More number of tourists will come there if the beaches get blue flag status.
Shri Javadekar appreciated the efforts of the State Governments and the Central Government on the eight beaches on which the Blue Flag was installed today. He said that clean and clean beaches also indicate good coastal environment.