The Union Government has nominated the Country’s seven seashores and Puri Sea Beach to the International Jury of Denmark under the ‘Blue Flag’ Tag to the shorelines under the Beach Environment & Aesthetic Management System (BEAMS).
This Tag elevates environmental protection and conservation of natural resources in coordination with the UN’s sustainable development goals. If the other beaches, along with Puri sea beach, get this ‘Blue Flag’ Tag, it will be equipped with world-class facilities and further develop new tourism hotspots.
It will also help to encourage sustainable beach tourism in Odisha and other coastal states. SICOM has invested 8.5 crores in developing environment-friendly tourist amenities at the Puri Sea Beach in this initiative.
It has also created facilities like seating places, bathing zones, modern toilets, and pollution-free and beautiful. CCTVs have been installed, and security guards are giving a close watch on the area.
The Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Environment Minister Prakash Jayadekar for nominating the Puri Beach for this Tag. Even the Waste Disposal initiative was also taken to keep the environment clean and even the proper utilization of solar power has helped make the atmosphere eco-friendly.
The ’Blue Flag’ Tag is a certification obtained by a beach or marina or sustainable boating tourism operator and assists as an eco-label. This Tag will be given by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), which is a Denmark, based Non-profit Foundation. It sets stringent, Environmental educational, safety-related and access-related criteria that applicants must meet and maintain.
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