Times of India | 2 months ago | 26-09-2022 | 02:40 am
Panaji: PM Narendra Modi made special mention of Goa on Sunday while praising the coastal clean-up campaign held across the country last Saturday. In his weekly ‘Mann ki baat’, Modi appreciated the human chain formed at Miramar beach to raise awareness about littering the coast with plastic and other waste.“Here, I want to talk about the effort at coastal cleaning — ‘Swacch Sagar, Surakshit Sagar’,” said Modi. “The campaign started on July 5 and ended on Vishwakarma Jayanti on September 17… Throughout the one-and-a-half month, various cleaning programmes were held. In Goa, a long human chain was made and in Kakinada, during Ganesh visarjan, people were made aware of the ill-effects of use of plastic. Almost 5,000 NSS youth collected more than 30 tonnes of plastic,” said Modi. India is fortunate to have a coastline of 7,500km passing through many states and islands, where India’s communities and cultures can be seen flourishing, said Modi. “But there are sad parts as well. Our coastal regions are facing various environmental challenges. Climate change has been a big danger to coastal ecosystems. On the other hand, garbage on our beaches is a matter of great concern. It is our responsibility that we make sincere and consistent efforts to tackle these challenges,” said Modi in his programme.Chief minister Pramod Sawant said that Modi mentioning the human chain formation in Goa is a matter of pride for the state. Sawant was part of the chain formed on Miramar beach.“Responding to my call, people from across Goa, students and people from hotel industry, etc, came out to clean the beaches from 8am up to 12 noon. They formed a human chain to send out the message that Goa’s beaches are clean and safe. The PM mentioned this human chain formation in Goa, for which I want to thank him profusely,” said Sawant.