Bhubaneswar: The Golden Beach of Puri in Odisha among eight other beaches in India has been conferred with the coveted eco-label Blue Flag tag by the International Jury of Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), Denmark.
Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stated that the beach was able to make it by conforming to the stringent environmental norm and ensuring world class sustainable tourist amenities. The renowned eco-label will add to the charm of the World Heritage City, he added.
Glad to share that Golden Beach of #Puri has received coveted #BlueFlag certification by FEE Denmark by conforming to the stringent environmental norm and ensuring world class sustainable tourist amenities. The renowned eco-label will add to the charm of the #WorldHeritageCity. pic.twitter.com/b7o6GWKxV1
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 11, 2020
Puri Collector Balwant Singh congratulated all the people, especially residents of Puri and his team, for their support which made it possible for the beach to get the tag. He further hoped that they will continue their support in the future.
Padma Shri awardee sand artist from Odisha, Sudarsan Pattnaik, congratulated all for the achievement by creating sand art. He termed it as a day of pride as the beach has been his workplace for years and has earned him recognition. He hoped the Blue Flag tag will attract more tourists to the pilgrim town.
Proud moment for us as our Puri Golden Beach Odisha have bagged the coveted #BlueFlag Certification. Congratulations to entire team who worked tirelessly to achieve this big feat. My SandArt at #BlueFlagGoldenBeach pic.twitter.com/WBwhBqsYjB
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) October 11, 2020
A beach has to meet 33 criteria including environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria fixed by the FEE to get the tag.
A 870-metre stretch of the beach from Digabareni square to the back of Mayfair Hotel has been developed as Blue Flag beach under the World Bank-funded Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP) of the State Forest and Environment Department and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
The eight beaches which have been conferred with the Blue Flag tag are Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod (Karnataka), Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Rushikonda (Andhra), Golden (Odisha) and Radhanagar (Andaman).
The Blue Flag programme is operated under the auspices of the FEE and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained.