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ICG cleans-up Agni Theertham seashore

Volunteers cleaning-up the Agni Theertham seashore in Rameswaram on Saturday.

Volunteers cleaning-up the Agni Theertham seashore in Rameswaram on Saturday.  

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The Mandapam Station of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has observed the International Coastal Clean-up Day, a worldwide event to clean seashores and coastlines, by cleaning the Agni Theertham seashore, in front of the historic Sri Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram.

Collector S. Natarajan and Commandant N.V. Rama Rao, Station Commander, Mandapam Station, launched the drive on Saturday as about 500 volunteers of ICG personnel and their family members, Indian Navy personnel, Customs personnel and school students cleaned the seashore, visited by hundreds of pilgrims to take holy dip in the sea.

The event focused on educating people to become part of the marine debris solution on the one hand and collecting data on the types of marine debris thrown in the coastlines on the other, Mr. Rao said.

The data would be analysed year-wise to study the behavioural pattern of those visited the beaches and the kind of debris thrown around, he said.

“The study would be used to educate the public, business industry and government officials to find long lasting solutions towards making our beaches clean and provide healthy environment to local populace,” he said.

The volunteers cleaned two km-long stretch on the seashore and collected about five tonnes of litter, consisting of clothes, fishing lines, waste nets, bottles, food wrappers, ropes, plastic bags and sheets. The garbage was disposed at local municipality dump yard.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Natarajan said the clean-up drive coincided with the fortnight long “Swachhta Hi Seva” a mass cleanliness and sanitation campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

Stating that the Agni Theertham seashore was polluted by pilgrims who left their old clothes in the sea after taking holy dip, he appealed to them to drop the clothes in the bins installed for the purpose and keep the shore clean.

Revenue Divisional Officer R. Baby, Municipal Commissioner Veeramuthukumar and Green Rameswaram Coordinator Saraswathi were present.

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The VOC Beach was also cleaned. The event was flagged off by S. Natarajan, Deputy Chairman, VOC Port Trust. Indian Coast Guard Station Tuticorin, Station Commander DIG SB Venkatesh, along with more than 700 volunteers from ICG, local schools and members of National Service Scheme, National Cadet Corps and scouts joined hands in cleaning-up the VOC Beach.

This drive was utilised to educate the students and local populace about marine debris management towards maintaining a clean marine environment.

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