Why take Velsao? why not a more densely populated beach and then we will see what it takes to actually get a blue flag certification . why do we need a Eurocentric award? and is this yet another award that can be bought for a price?
The state government has identified the Velsao-Pale beach stretch in South Goa for Blue Flag certification, following the Union ministry for environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) asking the state to nominate a beach for clean-up and developmental activities, official sources said.
In a written reply to a question raised by South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar in the Lok Sabha, Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said the government was striving for Blue Flag certification for certain identified beaches in country under the Integrated Coastal Management Programme.
The programme aims at enhancing standards of cleanliness, upkeep and basic amenities at beaches. All coastal states, including Goa, have identified beaches for a pilot exercise under the programme, it was informed.
The Blue Flag is usually sought for beaches and marinas as indication of high environmental and quality standards