Swachh Bharat Mission

New clean mission targets 48 riverfronts, beaches


Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Read the attached story

Mains level: Problem of Plastic pollution and Govt. initiatives to clean riverfronts and beaches


Environment Ministry to clean Riverfronts and beaches

  1. As many as 48 stretches of riverfronts and beaches in the country will be cleaned up ahead of World Environment Day on 5 June, the government said.
  2. The environment ministry said in a statement that it would undertake cleaning riverfronts and beaches of plastic litter, in as many as 19 states, including nine coastal states.
  3. A recent water quality assessment indicated that there are 302 polluted stretches on 275 rivers across the country.
  4. The most polluted riverfronts include Ghaggar in Haryana, Satlej in Punjab, Hooghly in West Bengal, Cauvery in Karnataka, the Narmada in Madhya Pradesh and Ganga in Kanpur and Varanasi.
  5. Some of the beaches identified include Kannur and Calicut beaches in Kerala, Puri in Odisha, Calangute, Miramar and Colva in Goa.

Nodal Agencies

  1. The Central authorities identified the water bodies after consulting the state pollution control boards and the college of fisheries.
  2. A total of 19 teams headed by senior officers of the ministry of the environment have been formed for each of the states, which would include members of state nodal agencies, and members of the State Pollution Control Boards.
  3. Colleges, non-government organizations, National Cadet Corps, Border Security Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Coast Guard would also be tapped for the exercise.

This is in line with this year’s theme of World Environment Day—

Beating plastic pollution, identified as a global emergency by the United Nations in 2017

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