The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has formed 19 teams to take up cleaning of beaches, river fronts and lakes in the country.
Under the drive, the ministry would undertake cleaning of around 24 beaches in 9 coastal states and cleaning of river fronts in 24 identified polluted stretches in 19 states. Besides the listed rivers, a special cleanliness drive will also be carried out at the Yamuna riverfront in Delhi. Certain lakes and water bodies have also been identified for cleaning.
• The 19 teams will include senior officers of the Environment Ministry, state nodal agencies in-charge of eco-clubs of schools, State Pollution Control Boards, district administration, college of fisheries located along the coastal stretches and other educational/research institutions.
• The teams will involve school children, college students and local communities in the cleaning exercise.
• The Ministry will be engaging Eco-club schools, which are being provided assistance from the Ministry under the National Green Corps programme.
• During the period, various cultural programmes, quiz competition, debate, awareness rallies will also be organised.
• Cleaning up around important archaeological sites will also be taken up.
• An amount of Rs 10 lakh has been earmarked for each stretch of beach, river front and lake.
• The State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) are the nodal points for implementing the programme in every state.
• The clean-up activities have started from May 15 and will conclude on June 5.
Cleaning Drive: Other Details
• The Ministry identified the stretches for cleaning in consultation with the state nodal agencies and institutional heads from College of Fisheries, which are near the water bodies in each state.
• The cleaning programme will involve students from various schools and colleges and will also include members from NGOs, National Cadet Corps (NCC), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Coast Guard and citizens.
• The cleaning team will be provided with necessary equipment including brooms, baskets, gloves for children and dustbins along with transportation arrangements.
• The waste collected from the beaches and river fronts will be safely disposed off to identified sites in coordination with local municipal authorities.
• The Union Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has written to principals of schools across the country, requesting them to declare their schools free from plastic pollution.
• The Ministry will certify schools that become plastic free and publicize the harmful effects of plastics in a mission mode by undertaking activities such as:
- Banning of the usage of plastic items such as plastic water bottles, plastic bags, plastic cups, plastic plates, plastic water jugs and plastic folders/trays/penstands in schools.
- Adopting a water body, pond, wetland, beaches or eco-sensitive area in or around schools and colleges and making them plastic free.
- Undertaking cleanliness drives on prescribed holidays between April to May.
• At the end of the programme, the Minister will be awarding certificates titled ‘Green School/college’ to institutions that declare themselves free from plastic pollution.
• The Environment Ministry would also be organising a mini-marathon on June 3 to spread the awareness on proper utilisation of plastic. The marathon will be attended by students from Delhi-NCR.
• Simultaneous marathons will also be organised in five other cities - Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Gangtok, Bhopal and Bhubaneswar on the same day.
India is the global host of World Environment Day celebrations 2018, the largest UN-led celebrations on the environment.
The theme of this year’s edition of World Environment Day is - “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
In this regard, the Ministry has drawn up several programmes and activities.
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Who: Environment Ministry
What: Forms 19 Teams