All hail Coast Guard
Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @Svs037
While World Environment Day is observed on JUne 5, Indian Coast Guard made all attempts to glorify the theme surrounding it. Coast Guard took up underwater cleaning at Kovalam beach on World Environment Day along with Dive India.
Underwater debris clean-up is a regular phenomenon in popular public beaches around the world to raise awareness as 80 percent of marine trash comes from land based sources.
This is the first time that the efforts were made in Indian waters for underwater clean-up to remove sunken debris, nets and other items to promote World Environment Day. Approximately 500 Kilos of trash was removed in the two hour long clean-up operations off Kovalam beach.
Coast Guard being nodal agency for oil spill response in maritime zones of India has a mandate for protection of marine environment. All Coast Guard units under Eastern Region are conducting various awareness campaigns, special coastal clean-up and extensive plantation drives as part of Environment Day.