The Indian Navy’s Detachment at Mallipattinam in the coastal belt of Thanjavur district organised a coastal clean-up drive as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day at Mallipattinam on Saturday.
The clean up is usually done every year on third Saturday of September.
In a release here on Saturday, Commander Surendra Sharma, Officer-in-Charge, Naval Detachment, Mallipattinam, said that Naval personnel, marine police, a large number of students of Government Higher Secondary School, Mallipattinam, and local people enthusiastically participated in the exercise. The aim was not only to clean up, but also enable clean beaches as a way of life, through education, and spreading awareness with students, fisher folk, and local administration, he said. Plastic covers, worn out clothes, beverage containers, fishing nets, and other waste material were cleared.
The campaign was organised under the aegis of Commodore AK Mahadevan, Naval Officer-in Charge (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry) Manora, a tourist place near Mallipattinam, where a fort built by Maratta King Serfoji II exits, now sports a clean look, said the press release.