“This year, although the event was immediately after the 1.5 day’s ‘Ganpati Visarjan’ (ritual immersion of Ganpati idols) in Mumbai, the beaches were found to be in a much cleaner state, than in the previous years. We believe that there is definite awareness amongst Mumbaikars, and the impact was visible,” Capt. Arun Bhardwaj, Head-Safety & Quality, Essar Shipping Ltd, observed
- International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day is the world’s largest volunteer effort for the oceans. It is observed every year by millions of people all around the world on the third Saturday of September
- The coastal clean-up event aims at creating awareness on the detrimental effects of litter on our marine environment and significance of clean sea for marine flora and fauna
- Indian Coast Guard co-ordinates this event In India
- Essar has been actively supporting ICC Day since 2010
Essar Shipping (ESL) and Essar Ports (EPL), in association with the ICG, observed ICC Day in Mumbai. This annual programme involves volunteers cleaning up two main beaches in the city, Juhu and Girgaum Chowpatty. Essarites made the time, between 8:00 - 10:30 am on 19th September, to join 3,000 Mumbaikars of all ages, and participate in this event. Shekhar Channe, Deputy Collector, Mumbai Suburbs, was the chief guest at the formal ceremony at the Juhu Beach.
This year, although the event was immediately after 1.5 days ‘Ganpati Visarjan’ (ritual immersion of Ganpati idols) in Mumbai, the beaches were found to be in a much cleaner state, than in the previous years. “We believe that there is definite awareness amongst Mumbaikars, and the impact was visible at both beaches,” said Capt. Arun Bhardwaj, Head-Safety & Quality, Essar Shipping Ltd, echoing the observation of Dinesh Rajaputhran, (DIG), Commandant, ICG, Maharashtra
The 30th ICC Day was observed by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at Narara Island in the Marine National Park, Jamnagar on 19th September. ICG units at Vadinar along with the State Forest Department, officials from the Marine National Park, Essarities from Vadinar Oil Terminal (VOTL), students from local school and volunteers from among the local populace, focused on cleaning at India’s first Marine National park. About 100 volunteers participated in the activity.
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
ICC Day 2015 was observed jointly in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, by the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), the Coast Guard, and local residents. Hundreds of children and young adults gathered at Rushikonda Beach in the city and cleared the debris and garbage to mark ICC Day on Saturday, 19th September, 2015.
The day started with a formal inauguration by JS Sabharwal, Deputy Inspector General, Indian Coast Guard-6. Around 2,000 persons including officers, sailors, from the Navy, and their family members, NCC cadets, students from Navy Children School, various volunteers organizations, PSUs CISF, Marine Police and corporates participated in the coastal cleanup drive, which was themed, ‘Keep the sea trash free'. Team Essar Foundation, Vizag, pitched in to support the Coastal Clean-up Drive. The event concluded with the aerial display by the Eastern Naval Command rescue operation team. The act featured the procedure which they use for their rescue operation.
The beach areas frequented by the public for recreational purposes are being littered with various types of non-bio degradable waste like wrappings, throw away plastics, bags, pouches etc. With little realization that Earth, its seas and coastal surroundings are ours, and it’s our responsibility to preserve them for our use and for posterity.
Essar Foundation and Essar Ports, Paradip in conjunction with the ICG, Paradip HQ undertook a massive awareness campaign at Paradip Beach, to drive home the impact of trash on the health of costal seas and associated marine life forms, on ICC Day. Leading the citizen volunteers in cleaning the beach, were Autosh Behera, Commandant, ICG, Paradeep HQ along with his team, SJ Basanta Biswal, Chairman, Paradip Municipality, and Essarites from Essar Bulk Terminal Paradip (EBTPL), and Team Essar Foundation. The Foundation also received a memento for extending its support towards a clean beach at Paradip.