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As tourists litter beaches, Mandasa youngsters go on a cleaning mission

Troubled by the problem, a group of youngsters in Andhra Pradesh’s Mandasa has decided to take up beach clean-up activity as a serious mission. 

A common practice in India, people tend to litter sea beaches and dump garbage there after partying. Tourists little the beaches by dumping food and garbage, causing severe inconvenience to fishermen and increasing the load of work on people who have to clean the trash.

This way, the beaches also gradually lose their sheen.

Troubled by the problem, a group of youngsters in Andhra Pradesh’s Mandasa has decided to take up beach clean-up activity as a serious mission. 

A few youths came forward to clean up the beach near Ratti village in Mandasa mandal as tourists are throwing plastic waste and garbage there. Since Karthika Masam for parties, people have started thronging the beaches.

The food and plastic waste being dumped on the beaches is causing a lot of inconvenience to coastal villagers and fishermen. The group of youngsters, besides cleaning up the beach, are also creating awareness among the tourists on hygienic practices and Covid-19 precautionary measures, The New Indian Express reported.

“A group of youth from Mandasa village has decided to sensitise the public about cleanliness in the name of Great Mandasa – Clean Mandasa,” said Mandasa Development Society secretary Dileep Panigrahi. “We are sensitising the tourists about the importance of maintaining hygiene and greenery, besides educating them on Covid-19 precautionary measures.

“As more people are thronging beaches on weekends, we have decided to clean them up on Sundays and other public holidays,” he added. 

“We cleared the plastic and food waste at the beach near Ratti village last Sunday. We also sensitised the visitors about the need to keep the beaches neat and clean,” Dileep explained.

“To ensure clean and neat beaches, we have been motivating the local youths to join the campaign. As we conducted the clean-up drive twice at Ratti village, we will launch the campaign at Baruva beach from next Sunday,’’ he concluded.

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