Mangaluru, Oct 4,2017: Coast Guard Karnataka conducted a line of programmes for the Swachhta Hi Seva initiative of the Clean India programme from September 15 to October 2. These included the Swachhta Jagrukta Abhiyan, Beach clean-up, Swachh Sagar Abhiyan, Shramdan, tree plantation and community interaction.
Various interactions and lectures were conducted to spread awareness on the importance of cleanliness. It coordinated International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) - 2017 across coastal India on September 16.
The occasion of ICC was also utilised to sensitise members of civil society on the Swachh Bharat and Swachh Sagar Abhiyan.
The beach clean-up was undertaken jointly by Coast Guard personnel and civil populace by Shramdan and International Coastal Clean-up (ICC)-2017 , and Swachh Sagar Abhiyan, on September 16. Amidst heavy rains and strong winds across the coast, Panambur, Tannirbhavi, Surathkal, Malpe and Rabindranath Tagore Beach, Karwar beaches were cleaned by more than 5,000 volunteers. Coast Guard Karnataka Commander S.S. Dasila led the drive at Panambur.
Shramdan on various dates and at different places was conducted by the Coast Guard personnel during the clean-up drive. The surroundings at Panambur, Kunjathbail, Kankanady, Bengre, Thannirbhavi, Malpe beach and Karwar beach were cleaned.
Coast Guard Karnataka has launched the campaign of Clean India – Green India as a part of Coast Guard Headquarters emphasis on tree plantation. Saplings of various types have been planted on the Coast Guard premises at Mangaluru, Karwar and Bengaluru.
Besides its regular interaction with the fishermen community, the Coast Guard also imparted instructions on maritime safety and security with special emphasis on spreading awareness on the ocean’s depleting health owing to pollution. Fishermen were sensitised to keep the coasts, their surroundings and sea clean and to avoid the use of plastic.
Assistance from Indian Coast Guard can be sought round the clock via the toll free number – 1554. Coast Guard Karnataka can also be contacted on 0824-2405269/2405270, the release added.