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Beaches across coastline get safety norms after HC orders

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Sep 17 (UNI) Following orders from Bombay High Court directing safety norms for beaches along the 700-km-long coastline of the state, the government has come up with a set of guidelines for implementation.

A Division Bench comprising Justices R M Lodha and A S Bagga had passed the directions in a public interest litigation on June 7, filed by Mr Bhagwanji Rayani of Janhit Manch, an NGO.

The state had sanctioned the safety norms under the directions of Governor S M Krishna. Life-guards, rubber tubes, life-jackets, flood-lights and other aide material is to be made available. Also, warning and information boards were to be put up at the beaches for security while maps were to be put up for guidance.

The State also directed the security initiatives to be undertaken by the Urban and Rural Development Departments whereas security arrangements for tourist areas would be overseeen by the Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation.

The state has directed availability of doctors on-call and ambulance provision for security purposes.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has to work hand-in-hand with Urban Development Department on implementation of the rules for beach safety.

In Mumbai, according to the state's affidavit submitted before the court last Thursday, Girgaum and Juhu Chowpattys were safe for public swimming and guided water sports.

The other beaches including Dadar Chowpatty, Gorai, Aksa beaches were unsafe while Rajbhavan beach came under prohibited area.

For Ratnagiri district, the beaches safe for public swimming included the ones at Mandvi, Bhatya and Mirakarwada while the beaches at Murud, Gaonkhadi, Bhandarpule, Malagund were safe only under guidance. The beach near Ganpatiphule temple was classified as unsafe whereas the one near MTDC resort was safe.

Beaches in Raigad District - Alibag, Harihareshwar and Kashid beaches were unsafe whereas others were safe under guidance.

Mandwa was safe but not for public swimming while Kihim beach was safe but polluted.

Most of Sindhudurg beaches were safe except Aachara beach, Shiroda beach and Khavne beach. Beaches at Bordi, Kelva-Mahim and Vijaydurg were safe but any activity could be taken up only under guidance.

All the said rules were formulated on consensus of the ministers at a meeting on July 26.


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