Odisha To Get More Beaches Under World Bank Initiative
About 100 more beaches will be developed in Odisha under the World Bank-funded Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) initiative, said Ashwini Choubey, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. This project will be spread across the next five years.
The Minister, after reviewing the Golden Beach at Puri, commented that around 750 tonnes of marine litter has been treated and disposed of scientifically in the last three years. Additionally, around 1.25 lakh visitors have been educated on responsible behaviour.
Footfall at the beaches for recreational activities has increased by approximately 80 per cent. Providing opportunities for the local people, around 500 fisherman families have been employed in the field of pollution abatement, safety, and services.
Under this fund, Rs 1,700 crores have been sanctioned by the Centre to three states – Gujarat, Odisha, and West Bengal for solid waste management. Upholding sustainable development of the coastal regions, the Ministry has ventured upon a highly acclaimed and flagship program called the Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS). The prime objective of this program is to protect and conserve the pristine coastal and marine ecosystems through the holistic management of resources.