ANI yet to nominate beach for ‘Blue Flag’ Certification

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EOI BUREAU
Port Blair
24 Dec 2017

The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) is yet to receive formal nomination from the Andaman and Nicobar Administration for  the pilot project to enhance standards of cleanliness on beaches -“Blue Flag’ Certification. While all coastal States have nominated the pilot beaches in their receptive territories including Goa, nominations are, however, awaited from other coastal UTs namely Daman & Diu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar.
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change last Friday informed Lok Sabha that the Ministry with prime objective of enhancing standards of cleanliness, upkeep and basic amenities at beaches has launched a pilot project for beach cleanup and development, also striving for the “Blue Flag’ Certification for such identified beaches. Under the pilot  programme, each of the coastal State/UT have been requested to identify/nominate a beach, to be funded through the ongoing Integrated Coastal Management Programme. The 'Blue Flag' is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach, marina or sustainable boating tourism operator, meets its stringent standards.