New Delhi: In yet another recognition of India's commitment to protect and conserve the pristine coastal and marine ecosystems through holistic management of the resources, the globally recognized and coveted international eco-label "Blue Flag" has been accorded to two new beaches-Minicoy Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach, both in Lakshadweep. This takes the number of beaches certified under the Blue Flag certification to 12.
Announcing this proud moment in a Twitter message, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav expressed happiness and congratulated everyone, stating that it is a part of India's relentless journey towards building a sustainable environment led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Lakshadweep after Minicoy, Thundi Beach, and Kadmat Beach made it to the coveted list of Blue Beaches, an eco-label given to the cleanest beaches in the world.
He highlighted India's remarkable coastline and lauded the passion among Indians for further coastal cleanliness.
The Prime Minister tweeted, "This is great! Congratulations, particularly to the people of Lakshadweep, for this feat. India's coastline is remarkable, and there is also a great amount of passion among our people to further coastal cleanliness. "
Thundi Beach is one of the most pristine and picturesque beaches in the Lakshadweep archipelago, where white sand is lined by the turquoise-blue water of the lagoon. It is a paradise for swimmers and tourists alike.
Kadmat Beach is especially popular with cruise tourists who visit the island for water sports. It is a paradise for nature lovers with its pearl white sand, blue lagoon waters, its moderate climate, and friendly locals.
Both beaches have designated staff for beach cleanliness and maintenance; and for safety and security of swimmers. Both the beaches comply with all the 33 criteria as mandated by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).
Which other Indian beaches are in the blue list:
The other Indian beaches in the blue list are Shivrajpur-Gujarat, Ghoghla-Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri-Karnataka, Kappad-Kerala, Rushikonda- Andhra Pradesh, Golden-Odisha, Radhanagar- Andaman and Nicobar, Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry beaches.
Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark (FEE) accords the globally recognized eco-label - Blue Flag certification. 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. The mission of Blue Flag is to promote sustainability in the tourism sector, through environmental education, environmental protection and other sustainable development practices.