Puri beach gets Blue Flag tag

Odisha’s Puri beach gets Blue Flag tag

Bhubaneswar: The Puri beach in Odisha has received the coveted Blue Flag certification by FEE Denmark.

Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday informed the golden beach got the prestigious tag by conforming to the stringent environmental norm and ensuring world-class sustainable tourist amenities.

“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,” tweeted the Chief Minister.

Puri Collector Balwant Singh thanked those who involved in the ‘Mo Beach’ campaign.

A beach has to meet 33 criteria fixed by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark to get the tag.

Notably, the 870-metre stretch of the beach from Digabareni square to the backside of Mayfair Hotel has been developed as Blue Flag beach.

It has been developed 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.

Several facilities including public toilets, changing and shower rooms, watchtowers, solar lighting system, sitting arrangements, demarcation of safe swimming zone, approach road, fencing with plantation, jogging track etc. have been developed on the stretch.