Odisha beach is Asia’s first to get ‘Blue Flag’ tag:
Puri sea beach, which is one of the famous tourist destinations of Odisha, will be first in Asia to get the international status for environment-friendly and safety after fulfilling the criteria set by the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF).
Puri sea beach is located 65 km away from state capital Bhubaneswar. This one is the second beach after Chandrabhaga beach Konark .
Last year, Chandrabhaga beach in Konark was in the race to get the coveted tag. However, the expert team did not give nod to the beach under safety ground .
A beach needs to qualify with at least 33 pre-requisites to achieve the Blue Flag certificate. This includes the quality of sea water, toilet, changing rooms, first aid centres, solar lighting and parking lots.
While the Central Government will be investing INR 10 crore in the project, the SICOM is said to fund it with INR 2 crore.
Since Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in India, with most of the fervour revolving around Jagannath Mandir and the famous festival of Rath Yatra, it’s beaches too command to be in the limelight. And with this initiative, there’s only hoping that the tourism reaches a new high putting their town on the global map yet again. Make sure you visit other major attractions here including Raghurajpur, Model Beach and Swargdwar. The nearest airport to Puri is Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik Airport, at a distance of nearly 60 kilometres.