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Udupi: Padubidri Endpoint to get distinguished Blue Flag tag


Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Oct 12: The beach at Endpoint, Padubidri, is likely to get the Blue Flag tag shortly. It is one among the 13 beaches in the country which have been chosen to get this preferred distinction.

Blue Flag certification is given to beaches which stick to stringent environmental-friendly norms, cleanliness, and international standard facilities for tourists. This certification is given by the Foundation for Environmental Education that is popular in Europe and South Africa. Beaches which conform to 33 yardsticks prescribed by the foundation get this tag. 

Out of over 7,500 kilometers long beaches of India, only 13 beaches are being developed under this ambitious project. The Society for Integrated Coastal Management, functioning under the union department of environment, forest and climate change will be implementing this project.

After deliberating the issue at a meeting held by the department at New Delhi, Padubidri Endpoint has got the nod for this project. The southern-most tip of Nadpal village near Padubidri is being developed under the project where t River Kamini and Arabian Sea meet. The district administration has now set into motion the implementation of this project costing eight crore rupees.

The endpoint has a plantation of casuarina trees. Works like cleaning the atmosphere by clearing shrubs and bushes, leveling of the land and providing road connectivity among others have been taken up. Preparation of action plan and maps is under progress.

Under this project, 5.88 acre of government land would be developed and facilities like parking area, shops, toilets, bathrooms etc would be provided. Bamboo sheds will be erected, and Play Park for children would be built. Jogging track, solar plant and waste disposal unit are the other facilities which need to come up here. It is learnt that a Haryana-based company has bagged the beach development contract and it will take up works shortly.

Chandrabhaga beach in Odisha happens to be the first ever beach in the country and the entire Asia to get this certification. Once this project is completed, it is expected to give a boost to tourism in the district.


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  • Deepu, mangaluru

    Fri, Oct 12 2018

    one more destination for Moral policing ........

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Oct 12 2018

    Good news but not enough. To start with we need a good approach road to this beach point from NH66. Existing road is narrow and awkward near the tiny bridge its most twisted and and only one vehicle can pass touching the roof of old house.
    Further a four lane road on the beach and at least a three star hotel and Coffee day type of outlets will attract thousands of tourists. A duel road with tetrapods on the sea side will prevent sea erosion. We have potential beach shore from Ullal to Thrasi resembling Dubai Marina, pattaya and several other countries.
    We need a tourism police post to prevent moral policing, due to non BJP state govts their menace has been limited these days.
    We need dedicated politicians, bureaucrats and enthusiasts to support such tourism development which can bring several thousand job opportunities. If there are four lane roads with tetrapods on sea shore, sea erosion can be limited and couple of kilometers stretch with ramps can be provided to fishermen fishing activities for their boats or few dedicated fishing ports along the shore may allow keep their profession intact.
    Large areas on the beach sides with prepared floors with blasted anti skid tiles, concrete grills towards sea can be used for social fastivals, celebrations and fun activities. It is possible if there is a willingness to handle sariparivadis and others opposing any development attempts.

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  • Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Fri, Oct 12 2018

    Ronald, You make excellent suggestions. Without these essential services and connectivity, very few people will be using the new rejuvenated Endpoint.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Fri, Oct 12 2018

    What a honor.This place all set to become a mega tourist place in the days to come.

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