Rushikonda Beach may soon receive India’s cleanest beach award

The Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change has recommended Rushikonda Beach for the coveted international eco-label, the ‘Blue Flag’ certification. Rushikonda is one of eight beaches recommended for the label. The recommendation was on the occasion of International Coastal Clean-Up Day.
An independent national-level jury comprising eminent environmentalists and scientists have made these recommendations. Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches in the world. 
Rushikonda is the only beach in Andhra Pradesh and one of 13 beaches in India vying for the Blue Flag eco-label assigned by Denmark-based Foundation for Environmental Education.
Around Rs 7.3 crore has been spent on Rushikonda beach to equip it with various infrastructure facilities to match standards for certification. The Blue Flag certification aims at ensuring coastal protection and enhancing local livelihoods through sustainable tourism activities.
Factors considered for certification include: quality of bathing area, beach management, protection of dunes and vegetation, keeping beaches clean and free of plastic, pollution and other non-biodegradable waste, safety and making the beach environment friends.
In more good news, urban local bodies in Visakhapatnam district are in the race for Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration. Visakhapatnam is one of 10 districts shortlisted for the award.
The theme for this year’s award is ‘Promoting People’s movement- Jan Bhagidari through Swachh Bharat Mission Urban’. The screening committee inspected various parts of Vizag last weekend.
Ahead of the screening committee’s visit, Visakhapatnam district collector V. Vinay Chand and GVMC commissioner G Srijana visited several areas of the city and observed the cleaning practices. They spoke to resident welfare associations about solid waste management in their colonies.

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