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Kovalam beach awarded Blue Flag certification

The Kovalam beach near East Coast Road has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag Certification by Denmark Environment Agency. 

Published: 26th September 2021 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2021 11:19 AM   |  A+A-

“Currently, the Golden Blue Flag beach is one of the best in the world,” said Director of Environment Susanta Nanda.

“Currently, the Golden Blue Flag beach is one of the best in the world,” said Director of Environment Susanta Nanda.

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Kovalam beach near East Coast Road has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag Certification by Denmark Environment Agency. 

In a press release, Minister for Environment and Climate Change Siva Meyyanathan said Kovalam is a “zero liquid waste managed beach” which has a grey water treatment plant, 40 KW off-grid solar power plant and a solid waste management unit with an automatic composting machine.

“The beach is clad in green cover and has 37 facilities including a safe swimming zone area, reclining bamboo lounger chairs, hammocks, outdoor fitness equipment, children play area and seven-stage purified drinking water vending kiosk,” the minister said.  

The beach also has an amphibious wheelchair for the differently-abled to swim in the bathing zone safely. The season for swimming will be from January 15 to September 15; this will be announced every year depending on the monsoon and water currents, the release said. 

Environment secretary Supriya Sahu said the certificate will give a boost to tourism and provide livelihood opportunities. “Above all, Kovalam is well known for its dolphins. The tag will draw attention to the need for their conservation.”

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