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Eight Indian beaches get the coveted “Blue Flag” tag

Tarun Jeen

11th October 2020

Eight Indian beaches have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag award for being clean, green, and safe, as reported in The Times of India. The Blue Flag award is globally recognised is given to the best beaches in the world for clean, safe, and environment-friendly beaches, marinas, and sustainable water tourism. The eight Indian beaches which got this tag are Shivrajpur (Dwarka, Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden Beach (Puri, Odisha) and Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), according to India Today.

A beach in Puri, Orissa (Source: Orissa diary.com)

The Blue Flag beaches are some of the best in the world in terms of cleanliness, safety, and the beach's all-around standard. According to the Times of India, to be eligible for the tag, the beach should meet 33 stringent criteria for bathing water quality, environmental, educational, safety, services, and accessibility. The Union Government ministry had sent out the application for these eight beaches in July seeking a blue flag certification by the Foundation of environment education (FEE) centred at Copenhagen, Denmark. The jury takes the final decision on which the certificates are awarded, as mentioned in Mint.

As reported in India Today, there are over 4600 beaches, marinas, and boats from over 50 countries with the blue flag certification. With Spain being the global leader, India started working on the blue flag movement in 2018 and plans to have 100 blue-flag-tagged sites in the next five years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the Blue Flag certification for eight beaches as a 'wonderful feat,' saying it showcases India's importance to protecting such spots and furthering sustainable development. Terming it a proud moment for India, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the 'Blue Flag' certification is also a global recognition of India's conservation and sustainable development efforts.

India is the only country globally that has received the blue flag certification in two years, while Japan, South Korea, and UAE are the only other Asian countries to have blue flag beaches. Still, it took them a long time to attain this status within 5 to 6 years. India has also been awarded the third prize under this coveted jury for International best practices for pollution control. Moreover, the ministry added that India is now in the league of 50 "BLUE FLAG" countries, and we take pride in this honour to our Nation, as mentioned in Mint.

News Sources: The Times of India, India Today, Mint.

Edited by: Ishita Jha

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