The Eight Blue Flag Indian Beaches
The Indian coast is a beautiful and unique feature of our peninsula, but it was only a few months ago that few of the beaches on the Indian coast were awarded the title of being one among the Blue Flag beaches.
The Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded by “Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark” based on 33 stringent criteria under four major heads — environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environment management and conservation, and safety and services at the beaches.
The eight beaches certified as ‘Blue Flag Beaches’ are:
- Shivrajpur beach in Gujarat
- Ghoghla in Diu.
- Kasarkod in Karnataka
- Padubidri in Karnataka.
- Kappad in Kerala
- Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh,
- Golden beach in Odisha and
- Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
With this feat, India joined the few countries in Asia qualified for the Blue Flag certification and this indeed is an achievement for our country. This certification brings with it greater opportunities for India to expand the ecotourism sector, ensuring the tourists a sustainable experience.
India, which started working on getting the tag in 2018,plans to expand the network of Blue Flag certification to 100 beaches in the country in the next five years. The next major projects include the beaches of Bhogave (Maharashtra), Kovalam (Tamil Nadu), Eden (Puducherry), Miramar (Goa) and Bangaram (Lakshadweep). This can only be possible when we, citizens, join hands with the local bodies in preserving the beaches by maintaining cleanliness and avoiding any kind of harm to the oceanic environment. If we ensure this, we will definitely gain the world-wide recognition for all our beaches in the near future!