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Swachh Sagar Surkashit Sagar - mega beach clean-up drives by Ministry of Earth Sciences at 79 locations on International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Posted On: 17 SEP 2023 5:49PM by PIB Delhi

New Delhi: The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) conducted mega citizen-led beach clean-up drives at 79 locations in 8 coastal states and 4 UTs of the country on 16 September 2023 that continued on 17 September 2023 to mark International Coastal Clean-up Day.  The event was aimed to encourage citizens to clean up the coastal line and create awareness about preserving and protecting the oceans and waterways. It witnessed mass participation from government institutions, NGOs, students and youth, local dwellers, and the public. Over five thousand volunteers helped clean about 18 tons of waste. At 12 select locations, Fisherfolk Awareness Programs to educate coastal communities about the services of the MoES were organised along with the beach clean-up drive.

The 2033 Swachh Sagar Surkashit Sagar beach clean-up drives by five MoES institutes—Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), National Centre for Ocean and Polar Research (NCPOR), Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), and National Centre for Earth System Sciences (NCESS)— got associated many volunteers and NGOs making it a one-of-its-kind successful event.  

“Our oceans are vital to our survival, for regulating the climate and weather, which impact livelihood and economy, are home to valuable resources, and nurture a large share of biodiversity of this planet. The International Coastal Clean-up Day serves as a reminder for all of us to keep our coasts clean and our oceans safe”, said Dr M Ravichandran, Secretary, MoES. He also mentioned Ozone Day on the occasion coinciding with International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 16, 2023.

The International Coastal Clean-up Day is observed annually worldwide on the third Saturday of September every year. In 2022, the Ministry of Earth Sciences coordinated the inter-ministerial Swachh Sagar Surkashit Sagar (clean coast, safe sea) campaign as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav of the Government of India. The Swachh Sagar Surkashit Sagar 2022 was a 75-day long campaign covering 75 beaches with 75 volunteers every kilometre of the coastline, making the event a hugely successful mass public participatory and awareness initiative.

MoES services (by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, i.e., INCOIS) for fisherfolk and coastal communities include potential fishing zone advisories, Tuna advisories, ocean state forecasts and alerts, such as for tsunamis, storm surges, swell surges, etc. Ocean-related information is made available to more than 4 lakh beneficiaries every day through the latest modes of digital communication, such as mobile apps, SMS, and websites.  

Locations of the September 16 and 17, 2023, beach clean-up drives conducted by the MoES to mark the International Coastal Clean-up Day are listed below.

 

S No

State/UT

Beach

MoES institute

1

Kerala

Alappuzha

NCCR

2

Kochi

3

Thaikadapuram

CMLRE

4

Puthuvype

5

Kovalam

NCESS

6

Kollam

7

Andhra Pradesh

RK

NCCR

8

Srikakulam

9

Donkuru

INCOIS

10

Iddivanipalem

11

Pedda Gangallavani Peta

12

Pedda Kovvada

13

Chinthapalli

14

K Mukkam

15

Uppada

16

Rk

17

Yarada

18

Mutylaammapalem

19

Pudimadaka

20

Rajayyapeta

21

Danavaipeta

22

Uppada Fish Jeti

23

Ntr Becah

24

Sirra Yanam

25

S Yanam

26

Vodalarevu

27

Vemuladeevi

28

Perupalem

29

Hamsala Devi

30

Chinnagolla Palem

31

Manginapudi

32

Dindi

33

Suryalanka

34

Vodarevu

35

Chintala Gari Palem

36

Kothapatanam Pallipalem

37

Chelammagari Palem

38

Alagyapalem

39

Thumalapenta

40

Iskapallipalem

41

Myapadu

42

Mutyalathopu

43

Krishnapatnam

44

Thupilipalem

45

Vatembedu

46

Gujarat

Veraval

NCCR

47

Mandvi

48

Dumas

49

Maharashtra

Mahim Reti Bunder

50

Aksa

51

Sagar Vihar, Vashi

52

Miramar

53

Karnataka

Rabindranath Tagore, Karwar

54

Panambur

55

Honnavar

56

Tamil Nadu

Elliot

57

Kovalam

58

Silver

59

Thiruvanmiyur

60

Kadapakkam

61

Thondi, Palk Bay

62

Rameswaram

63

Nagapattinam

64

Odisha

Puri

65

Gopalpur

66

Chandipur

67

Paradeep

68

West Bengal

Digha

69

Sagar Island

70

Lakshwadeep

Agatti Island

71

Puducherry

Chinna Veerampatinam

72

Kalapet

73

Auroville

74

Goa

Bogmalo

75

South Goa Colva

NCPOR

77

North Goa Miramar

78

Andaman & Nicobar

Corbyns Cova

NCCR

79

Rangchang

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