To enhance standards of cleanliness on beaches and riverfront, the environment ministry has identified 24 beaches in nine coastal states and riverfronts in 24 identified polluted stretches in 19 states including Goa for its clean-up.
The ministry has identified River Mandovi and three beaches Calangute, Miramar and Colva under the cleanliness drive.
The drive has been announced in the build up to the World Environment Day on June 5, and India is the global host of this year’s World Environment Day celebrations, the largest UN-led celebration on environment, and the theme for this edition is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
The Environment Ministry said that cleaning up of identified beaches and riverfronts will be undertaken by the teams of senior officers of MoEF&CC, state nodal agencies in-charge of eco-clubs of schools, state pollution control boards, district administration, the college of fisheries located along the coastal stretches and other educational/research institutions.
“An amount of Rs 10 lakh has been earmarked for each stretch of beach, riverfront and lake. Cleaning up around important archaeological sites will also be taken up. The clean-up activities have started from May 15 and will conclude on June 5. During this period, various cultural programmes, quiz competition, debate, awareness rallies will also be organized,” the Environment Ministry said in a statement.
For cleaning the water bodies, the ministry has identified the stretches in consultation with State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) and institutional heads from College of Fisheries, which are near the water bodies in each state.
The drive will also involve members from NGOs, National Cadet Corps (NCC), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Coast Guard and citizen.
Cleaning equipment such as brooms, baskets, gloves for children and dustbins will be provided, as well as arrangements for transportation of waste will also be made. The waste collected from the beaches and riverfronts will be safely disposed off at identified sites, in coordination with local municipal authorities, the statement said.
Schools have been asked not to use plastic items such as plastic water bottles, plastic bags, plastic cups, plastic plates, plastic water jugs, plastic folders, trays or pendants.
At the end of the programme, the minister will be awarding certificates titled ‘Green School or College’ to institutions that declare themselves free from plastic pollution.
The programme will be monitored by senior officers of the ministry, regional offices of the ministry and the district administration. The minister will issue certificates to all participating schools and colleges as an appreciation of their efforts.
Source:: The Navhind Times