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Odisha: Why fishermen in Ganjam are protesting plan for Blue Flag beaches by Hrusikesh Mohanty April 08,2021   |  Source: Down To Earth

Odisha government’s plan to get Blue Flag certification for five beaches hit a roadblock as the local fishermen opposed the move. Several fishermen staged a protest in Ganjam district around a fortnight ago demanding an alternative sea mouth to anchor their boats before being removed from the beaches. Blue Flag is a globally recognised eco-label accorded by the Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark. Beaches with the certification are eco-tourism models to provide clean and hygienic bathing facilities for tourists, safe and healthy environment along with sustainable development of the area. The label is based on environmental education and information, water quality, environment management and conservation and safety and services at the beaches. Odisha planned to develop five more beaches in three districts to meet international standards after receiving the certification for Puri’s Golden Beach on October 11, 2020. The proposed beaches are Niladri in Puri district, Gopalpur and Pati-Sonapur in Ganjam district and Talasari-Udayapur in Balasore district.

In Ganjam district, fishermen use the proposed land to anchor around 300 fishing boats. “When the 500 metre land is developed to get Blue Flag certification, where will we anchor the fishing boats,” asked P

 

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