Puri Chandrabhaga Beach First To Receive ‘Blue Flag’ Tag In Asia

Chandrabhaga beach, located in the Puri district, has become the first in Asia to flaunt the ‘Blue Flag’ certification, which is awarded by the Denmark-based Federation of Environment Education (FEE). A ‘Blue Flag’ signifies that the beach is eco-friendly, clean, and is equipped with all necessary amenities of international standards for tourists.

The beach, situated at a distance of thirty kilometres from tourist hotspot Puri, was awarded the tag on the occasion of World Environment Day, i.e. June 5th. Twelve other beaches in Maharashtra and other coastal states are also in line to get the Blue Flag accreditation, as per the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

These high-standard Indian beaches are being developed and maintained by the Society for Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM), a body working under the Ministry.

To receive the tag, a beach needs to meet thirty-three pre-requisites, which includes the quality of seawater, availability of toilets, changing rooms, first aid centres, environment-friendly solar lighting and parking lots. It also has to be plastic-free and must be equipped with an in-house waste management system.

The Blue Flag program was mostly limited to Europe, and Asia was untouched by it earlier. It was in 2017 that the government gave the go-ahead to develop Indian beaches as per the Blue Flag standards. While the central government will provide 10 crores for the project, the SICOM will also contribute 2 crores.

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