New Delhi: Eight Indian beaches received the prestigious “Blue Flag” certification an international eco-tag which is one of the world’s most famous awards given to the clean, safe and environment-friendly beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators.
Calling it as a proud moment for India, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar had made this announcement in a tweet on Sunday.
The eight Indian beaches selected for this tags are Shivrajpur Beach in Dwarka, Gujarat; The Ghoghla Beach in Diu; The Kasarkod and Padubidri beaches in Karnataka; The Kappad Beach in Kerala; The Rushikonda Beach in Andhra Pradesh; The Golden Beach in Odisha and the Radhanagar Beach in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
While announcing the decision of the International Jury Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said it is an outstanding feat considering that no ‘Blue Flag’ nation has ever been awarded for eight beaches in a single attempt.
“This is also a global recognition of India’s conservation and sustainable development efforts… India is also the first country in the Asia-Pacific region which has achieved this feat in just about two years’ time,” he added.
“8 of India’s serene beaches get the prestigious Blue Flag Certification. This showcases the importance India attaches to protecting such spots and furthering sustainable development. Truly a wonderful feat!,” PM said in his tweet.
Seeking Blue Flag certification, the national jury recommended eight beaches for consideration of the international jury, comprising officials from the United Nations Environment Program, United Nations World Tourism Organization, Foundation for Environmental Education and International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
In order to qualify for this tag, 33 stringent criteria relating to environmental, bathing water quality, educational, safety, services and accessibility standards must be met by the beaches.