The Union Territory of Lakshadweep boasts exquisite beaches that captivate tourists worldwide. Preserving the lagoons and beaches is imperative for the islands, emphasizing the need to prioritize their conservation for long-term sustainability and the well-being of residents and visitors.
To preserve the lagoons and beaches effectively, regular beach cleaning programmes are essential. Such programmes are conducted weekly across all the islands, with notable participation from officials representing various departments, Panchayats, Dweepshree groups, and voluntary organizations. The outcomes of these initiatives have been promising, resulting in noticeably cleaner and well-maintained beaches. Preserving the breathtaking beaches and lagoons remains the utmost priority in Lakshadweep, with collective efforts aimed at maintaining their natural beauty and fostering a sustainable future.
The Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) and ‘Lakshadweep Swachh Abhiyan’ come under the purview of the Department of Panchayats which executes various waste management and cleaning programmes. Although there was initially limited public awareness about maintaining cleanliness on the beaches, through consistent awareness initiatives, the need to refrain from littering on beaches and roads has become a customary practice.
Using funds from SBM-G and other sources, the Administration has provided support and assistance to sanitation activities. While strategically placed dustbins facilitate the disposal of non-biodegradable waste, which is collected regularly and transported to the Central Garbage Repository; households have been equipped with two waste bins each to encourage waste segregation.
Additionally, Lakshadweep actively strives to minimize plastic usage to the greatest extent possible. A ban has been imposed on 23 types of plastic items. Households are encouraged to use cloth bags for shopping, and the administration has distributed these bags to them.
Inputs: Basheer Adir, Assistant Director Panchayat, 94479 83127