Blue Flag hoisted at Puri beach in Odisha

Puri: Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today through video conferencing hoisted Blue Flag at the Puri beach in Odisha and seven other beaches in the country.

“It is a proud moment for India that all the 8 beaches which were showcased have been awarded the coveted blue flag. I compliment and congratulate the State Governments, officials and people for this feat. We have identified 100 beaches in the next phase and plan to make them neat and clean. With people’s participation we wish to make them of international standards in coming 3-4 years,” said Javadekar.

Puri beach has received the Blue Flag certification by Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark. A beach has to meet 33 criteria fixed by FEE to get the tag.

Notably, the 870-metre stretch of the beach from Digabareni square to the backside of Mayfair Hotel has been developed as Blue Flag beach under the World Bank-funded Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP) of the State Forest and Environment Department and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Public toilets, changing and shower rooms, watch towers, solar lighting system, sitting arrangements, demarcation of safe swimming zone, approach road, fencing with plantation, jogging track etc. have been developed on the stretch.

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