Visakhapatnam: The personnel of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard (IGC), students, and members of few other organizations organized a thorough clean-up at the Yarada beach as part of International Coastal Clean-up Day 2021 in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. The International Coastal Clean-up Day is a part of the United Nations Environment Programme and 'Swachhata hee Sewa' mission. Around 350 to 400 people including the Coast Guard personnel, Coastal Security Police, personnel from the Gangavaram port, GVMC and students from the Coast Guard School Visakhapatnam participated in the event and collected 2.5 tons (approx) of plastic and dross during the clean-up drive.
Deputy inspector General Yoginder Dhaka, commander Coast Guard district headquarters No.6 (AP) was part of the event. The beach clean-up was also extended to Bheemili beach and other sea fronts within the premises of naval units at Visakhapatnam. Approximately 500 Naval personnel, defence civilians and their families carried out the clean-up drive following the COVID-19 protocols.
The India Youth for Society, Bharathi Theertha Kashyap Degree College and JCI Vizag Port Amigos jointly organized a beach clean-up drive at the beach in front of the YMCA here in Vizag. Over 75 youngsters participated in the drive and collected over 150 kg of garbage from the area and handed it over to the GVMC, said G. Harsha Vardhan, secretary, India Youth for Society. The collected waste was segregated by the students and sent for analysis.
Most of the refuse was plastic sachets like milk pouches. During the drive the students displayed signs that said 'Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle (R5)'. The organizers explained the benefits of the segregation of waste at the source level. After the event, certificates were distributed by K. Ramanna Patrudu, director, BC Corporation, YSRCP, and Sai Varma Raju, president, JCI Vizag Port Amigos.