The Kovalam beach in Chennai and Eden beach in Puducherry have now been awarded the prestigious “Blue Flag” certification, an international eco-level tag taking the number of such beaches in the country to 10.Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav took to Twitter to express happiness and congratulated everyone stating that it is another milestone in India’s journey towards a Clean and Green India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Happy to announce India has now 10 International blue flag beaches with the addition of Kovalam and Eden beaches this year and recertification for 8 beaches which got the tag in 2020. Another milestone in our journey towards a clean and green India led by PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji,” Yadav tweeted. Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded on the basis of 33 stringent criteria in four major heads which are environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environment management and conservation and safety and services in the beaches. The Blue Flag beach is an eco-tourism model endeavouring to provide the tourists/beach goers clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities, safe and healthy environment and sustainable development of the area. The recommendations are done by an independent national jury composed of eminent environmentalists and scientists. Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches of the world, according to the ministry.