India has about 7,500 km coastline, endowed with rich of biodiversity, ecology and economy. Every year thousand tons of waste reach into the coast and pollute the environment. It needs to conserve and protect the coastal environment, September 21, 2019 observed as International Coastal Cleanup day. The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan- Swachhata Hi seva Campaign of Government of India aspires for cleaner India; under this scheme, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Katankulathur organized coastal cleanup program at Kovalam beach, Kanchipuram district supported by National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), MoES, Government of India being one of the responsible agencies for “coastal Clean Sea Campaign of UN and nodel agency for Marine Litter Program” of South Asian Co-operative Environmental program (SACEP).
Today (21.09.19) the program was inaugurated by Dr.V.Thirumurugan, Associate director (CL) /Nodal Officer – UBA SRMIST and the Civil engineering students and faculties of 250 members are participated in the Kovalam coastal cleaning drive.
Dr.Nagalaksxmi, Ass prof /Civil.engineering
coordinated the event. During this program SRM students have been collected
about 1.2 tons waste which has been segregated into bio degradable and
non-biodegradable waste then they handed over to Kovalam Panchayat for further
recycling and proper disposal. Finally the students start rally with number of
placards from Kovalam beach towards Kovalam Bus Stop for creating public
awareness to protect our environment and interact with vendors and tourist
about to avoid the plastic usage.
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