23/09/2014 …. ‘’International Coastal Clean-Up Day’’ was coordinated by Indian Coast Guard all over the Country on 20 Sep 14. Every year, this event is held on the third Saturday in the month of September. The event in the state of Goa was coordinated by Coast Guard District Headquarters 11 in collaboration with Goa Shipyard Limited in its quest to ensure clean environment. This event was also supported by hotels like Bogmallo Beach Resort, Marriot Resort, Taj Fort Aguada, Taj Exotica, Heritage Village Club, Leela, Baywatch Resort, Kenilworth Resort and Park Hyatt. The major beaches covered were Bogmallo, Miramar, Sinquerium, Benaulim, Cansaulim, Mobor, Sernabatim, Uttorda, Arrosim.
The event started at 0830 on all the beaches wherein Coast Guard, police organization, Hotel staff, village panchayats and enthusiastic volunteers joined hands for the noble cause and cleaned the beaches around the state by picking up garbage littered around. With the motto of the event being ‘’Keep beaches litter free’’, the aim of the programme was to spread awareness about the coastal pollution and motivate the public especially the younger generation about keeping the environment clean.
The main event was held at Bogmallo Beach; Shri Laxman Kaulvekar Sarpanch of Chicolna Bogmallo village panchayat was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, DIG MV Baadkar, the Deputy Inspector General Coast Guard Goa, said that on this day the beaches around the world are cleaned on volunteer basis in an organinsed way, to bring awareness among the general populace about the importance of keeping the beaches clean. So, it is the duty of all of us to ensure that beaches of Goa are always litter-free. This is the only way to ensure that we and our future generations enjoy this gift of nature for all times to come. Awareness must be spread to the young generation and personnel who are using the coastal areas, so that pollutants are not discharged into the rivers and sea. He thanked Goa Shipyard Limited, all hotels and panchayats who supported this event and made it a great success.