Mas­sive drive to clean up beaches, river fronts

The Free Press Journal - - NATION - OUR BUREAU /

As a run-up to the World Environment Day on June 5, the Environment Min­istry on Thurs­day formed 19 teams to clean up 24 sea beaches in nine coastal states as also as many river fronts in 19 states, spend­ing Rs 10 lakh on each.

These teams in­clude se­nior of­fi­cers of the min­istry, the state pol­lu­tion con­trol boards, state nodal agencies for eco-clubs in schools, fish- ery col­leges and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. The teams will en­gage school and col­lege stu­dents as also lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the clean­ing drive that will be car­ried out on the pre­scribed hol­i­days.

The beaches se­lected for clean­ing in­clude Calangute, Mi­ra­mar and Colva in Goa, Mirya and Gan­patip­ule in Ma­ha­rash­tra, Panam­bur, Malpe, Gokarna and Kar­war in Kar­nataka and Ver­aval, Por­ban­dar and Man­grol in Gu­jarat.

The river fronts iden­ti­fied for the drive in­clude Man­dovi in Goa, Sabar­mati and Tapti in Gu­jarat, Nar­mada in Mad­hya Pradesh, Cham­bal in Kota-Ra­jasthan and Kr­ishna and Mu­la­mutha in Ma­ha­rash­tra.

Environment Min­is­ter Dr Harsh Vard­han has also writ­ten to the school prin­ci­pals to let their stu­dents not only join the clean­ing drive but also en­sure that their schools be­come plas­tic frees. He said the min­istry will cer­tify the schools that be­come plas­tic free en­sur­ing that no plas­tic items are used in schools such as plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles, plas­tic bags, plas­tic cups, plas­tic plates, plas­tic wa­ter jugs, plas­tic fold­ers/trays/pen stands etc.

The min­is­ter ap­pealed for all cit­i­zens to join the clean­ing drive as In­dia is the global host this year to the World Environment Day cel­e­bra­tions, the largest UN-led cel­e­bra­tions on environment, with the team of "Beat Plas­tic Pol­lu­tion."

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