The International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 25 will witness the clean-up of the coastal belt between Pulicat and Cheyyur, and major coastal tourist destinations along the Tamil Nadu coast and Puducherry.

More than 3,000 volunteers will be part of the programme that will stretch up to 210 km. The annual event, organised under the aegis of the Indian Maritime Foundation, aims at promoting awareness of the need to protect coastal environment and maritime resources.

Besides spreading awareness about the coastal heritage among students and coastal residents, the event will help in finding out progressive ways to dispose of waste by sharing details of the clean-up with the civic authorities and educational institutions, said Rear Admiral (retired) K. R. Srinivasan, vice-president of the Indian Maritime Foundation, Chennai. According to a release, for the programme the coast had been divided into 20 different blocks with each block extending to 8 to 12 km. Block coordinators and nodal agencies would mobilise volunteers who would educate people as they traverse the coast, besides collecting garbage or debris. Notes about specific debris would be compiled and sent to authorities concerned to minimise waste and facilitate remedial measures. Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan and Mayor M. Subramanian are scheduled to participate in the event. Those interested in enrolling as coordinators, could email to indmarfcb@gmail.com.

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