Swachh Sagar Abhiyan by Coast Guard

Port Blair
4 Feb 2017

The Coast Guard, Andaman and Nicobar  region organized coastal clean-up drive “Swachh Sagar Abhiyan” on Saturday throughout the islands at Diglipur, Mayabunder, Hut Bay, Kamorta, Campbell Bay and Port Blair. The event conducted as part of ongoing 41st Coast Guard Day Celebrations in an initiative under the aegis of Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The event organized from Aerial Bay Diglipur in North Andaman to Becori Beach Campbell Bay witnessed enthusiastic participation of school children, college students and local dignitaries along with Coast Guard fraternity.
The coastal clean-up drive in Port Blair was organized in association with Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC) at Corbyn’s Cove and Marina Park. Mr Ishwar Rao, Chairperson PBMC was the Chief Guest who encouraged the participants for the initiative. A total of about 1200 people participated in the drive across the Islands and cleared more than 1000 kgs of  non- marine debris and trash.  As part of the various initiatives to generate public participation and awareness, Coast Guard District Headquarters No.10, Nicobar Islands conducted a “Boat Rowing Competition” from PNB Jetty to Baaz Beach, Campbell Bay. The championship witnessed participation of  seven boats from Great Nicobar. The event concluded with prize distribution ceremony for the first three positions and complimentary prize for all the participants.
Inspector General Kuldeep Singh Sheoran PTM, TM Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) conveyed appreciation to all the participants in the Swachh Sagar Abhiyan with focus on Coast Guard preserving and protecting the marine environment in the Islands.
Indian Coast Guard is the central coordination agency for combating  maritime oil spill with preservation of  marine ecosystem and environment integral to its charter of duties. The Swachh Sagar Abhiyan initiative aims to generate awareness and sensitize the general public on importance of marine conservation and cleaner oceans. The Swachh Sagar Abhiyan is a green initiative launched by Indian Coast Guard to conduct regular coastal cleanup drives to preserve the biodiversity of the maritime domain.