Introduction.  Towards ongoing efforts of the Government for the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ the Indian Coast Guard conducted International Coastal Cleanup-2015 (ICC-2015) day across all coastal states on 19 Sep 2015. The International Coastal Cleanup day is conducted in various parts of the world in September every year under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and under the aegis of South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) in the South Asian Region. The Indian Coast Guard has been involved in this activity since 2006. A brief on the conduct of the event is appended in the succeeding paragraphs.

Participation.   This year Mumbai and Chennai have witnessed the highest participation of 2000 volunteers each followed by New Mangalore which had 1553 volunteers. Nationwide, a total of 19,225 volunteers participated in the ICC-2015. Various Govt. and civil agencies including NCC cadets, NSS, school and college students formed the largest proportion of volunteers.    

Debris Collection.  The nationwide campaign resulted in the collection of 68.9 tons of marine litter. Debris collection was highest at Mumbai approximate 8,500 kg and New Manglore was approximate 6,300 kg.     

Civil support.  Apart from other armed forces, ICC-2015 received good support from the civil authorities, central and state government organisations, municipal corporations, NGOs, ports, oil agencies and other private enterprises. Chief Guests for ICC-2015 included a Hon’ble Chief Minister, Mayor, Deputy Commissioner Custom, Deputy Chairman Port Trust, Additional Collector and Sub-Divisional Officers in smaller locations.                            

Overall, the participation was in proportion to the local population. The Indian Coast Guard received adequate support from all quarters for conduct of ICC-2015. The event was well covered by the local print and electronic media.


          Chowpatty Beach, Porbandar                                    Juhu Chowpatty  Beach, Mumbai



         Marina Beach, Chennai                                                  Puducherry Beach, Puducherry



        Bakkhali beach Frazerganj, WB                                         Fishing village at Jakhau

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