GVMC implements manual cleaning process instead of beach cleaning machines

Jahnavi Konatham
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In a bid to safeguard the nesting grounds of the endangered olive ridley turtles, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has announced a shift in its beach cleaning approach. Commissioner GVMC CM Saikanth Varma IAS disclosed that manual cleaning processes will be employed at RK Beach, Sagarnagar, Cheppalauppada, and Peddanagamayyapalrm beaches instead of using beach cleaning machines.

This decision comes as a proactive measure to protect the delicate habitats of the olive ridley turtles. These magnificent creatures, known for their annual mass nesting phenomenon, are particularly vulnerable to disturbances on the beaches where they lay their eggs. The noise and vibrations generated by mechanical beach cleaning machines can disrupt the nesting process and harm the turtles and their hatchlings.

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By opting for manual cleaning methods, the GVMC aims to minimize disturbances to the natural environment while ensuring that the beaches remain clean and safe for both residents and wildlife. This approach involves employing workers to manually collect debris and waste from the beaches, thereby reducing the risk of harm to the olive ridley turtles and their nests.

The decision to prioritize the protection of these endangered turtles reflects the GVMC’s commitment to environmental conservation and biodiversity preservation. It underscores the importance of adopting sustainable practices that balance the needs of human communities with those of fragile ecosystems and wildlife populations.

Local residents and environmental advocates have welcomed the GVMC’s decision, expressing appreciation for its proactive stance in safeguarding the region’s natural heritage. They have pledged their support for efforts to promote coexistence between humans and wildlife, emphasizing the importance of collective responsibility in preserving the rich biodiversity of Visakhapatnam’s coastal areas.

As the manual cleaning process gets underway, authorities urge beachgoers and visitors to respect the natural surroundings and adhere to responsible tourism practices. By working together to protect the nesting grounds of olive ridley turtles, the community can contribute to the long-term sustainability of the region’s coastal ecosystems, ensuring a brighter future for both humans and wildlife alike.

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