Centre decides ‘Blue Flag’ certification for 13 beaches in country

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New Delhi: Union Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change has embarked upon a programme for ‘Blue Flag’ certification for select beaches in the country.
According to the Minister of State, Babul Supriyo, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Monday, 13 pilot beaches have been identified for the certification, in consultation with concerned coastal states and Union Territories.
They are Ghoghala beach (Diu), Shivrajpur beach (Gujarat), Bhogave (Maharashtra), Padubidri and Kasarkod (Karnataka), Kappad beach (Kerala), Kovalam beach (Tamil Nadu), Eden beach (Puducherry), Rushikonda beach (Andhra Pradesh), Miramar beach (Goa), Golden beach (Odisha), Radhanagar beach (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) and Bangaram beach (Lakshadweep).
“This certification is accorded by an international agency ‘Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark’ based on 33 stringent criteria in four major heads i.e. (i) Environmental Education and Information, (ii) Bathing Water Quality, (iii) Environment Management and Conservation and (iv) Safety and Services in the beaches”, the Minister said.
The ‘Blue Flag’ beach is an eco-tourism model endeavouring to provide to the tourists/beach goers clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities/amenities, safe and healthy environment and sustainable development of the area, the Minister added.