Karnataka – Padubidri beach in Karnataka is one among the eight beaches that have been selected from a group of thirteen Indian beaches to receive the Blue Flag certification. This international eco label is awarded to the beaches of the world depending on their cleanliness, safety, how well the environment is protected, quality of water and more. The announcement was made on the day before The International Coastal CleanUp Day, the celebration of which has been a tradition since 1986. This day is observed across a hundred countries.
Recommendations to receive the aforementioned certification are made by an independant national jury that comprises mainly environmentalists and top-tier scientists. Details of the eight beaches that the national jury has selected out of the initial thirteen, have been sent to the international jury which will conduct a thorough inspection and then proceed to award the certification. The other seven beaches are Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Ghoghla in Daman & Diu, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Golden beach of Odisha and Radhanagar beach in Andaman and Nicobar. Every beach that has received said certification are among the cleanest and most environment friendly beaches in the world.
The DC also mentioned that a proposal of 5 crores has been sent to the state government for the purpose of improving the area further. He also ensured that localities need not worry about the changes that will ensue once the proposal is implemented for it will create more jobs and thereby a new source of income. Shri Prakash Javedekar, Union Environment Minister mentioned in a video message he sent during the virtual event held by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change that the government is actively committed to clean all the beaches of the country.