International Coastal Cleanup Day is being observed across the globe on September 25 and the Indian Navy and Coast Guard here will take up a coastal cleanup drive on the occasion on Saturday.

Naval personnel of Eastern Naval Command along with their family members will take up a Coastal Cleanup Drive starting from Ramkrishna beach to Rishikonda and Kalinga beaches including waterfronts along the Tenneti Park, Double Bridge and the Naval Dockyard on the day.

Visakhapatnam being one of the fastest developing metropolises, has seen exponential rise in the field of industrialisation and direct fallout of these advances has been the phenomenal rise in pollution level in the surrounding areas.

Even the adjoining sea has been turned into a major dumping ground for sewage and waste material. As a result of this ever growing industrialisation, the pollution level at sea has gone up alarmingly in recent years. “As citizens of this beautiful port city, it is the duty of each one of us to keep our surrounding areas and the coastal belt clean and green. To achieve this aim, the International Coastal Cleanup Day is being observed by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard”, an ENC spokesman said.

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