(xvi) Regarding beautification of Beaches in Tamil Nadu
DR. T. SUMATHY (A) THAMIZHACHI THANGAPANDIAN (CHENNAI SOUTH):
Beaches are a natural gift in Tamil Nadu and the entire coastline from Chennai to Kanniyakumari needs regular beach cleaning and upgraded infrastructure with state-of-the-art technology. Beaches are not only a tourist destination but they also serve as a habitat for nestling Olive Ridley Turtles and small marine species. Hence, the State should periodically address the sanitation issues and conserve the ecological value of beaches in Tamil Nadu. Under the Beach Environment and Aesthetic Management Service (BEAMS) programme initiated by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, various activities on pollution abatement, beach beautification, awareness on environment education, and safety and surveillance are to be
implemented. Out of 10 beaches selected by the Union Government, none from Tamil Nadu finds a place in the list. There are exit plans for the setting up of watch towers, high speed rescue
boats, clean, odour free bio toilets at Marina and Elliots Beaches. Beautification of the Neelangarai and Kottivakkam beach stretches is in the pipeline. Similar proposals will be carried out in Mamallapuram, Tuticorin, Rameswaram and Kanniyakumari with the municipal body of each district executing the work. This requires an additional fund of Rs.100 crore.Therefore, I urge upon the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to provide Rs.100 crore for beautification and provide Blue Flag certification for beaches in Tamil Nadu.