Minister Madhwaraj Inaugurates first Beach cleaning machine in Malpe
Udupi: The first Beach cleaning machine pf coastal Karnataka was inaugurated at Malpe Beach on Saturday September 17.
Pramod Madhwaraj District minister in-charge and Minister for state sports, youth affairs and fisheries inaugurated the beach cleaning machine by handing over the key to the machine operator.
Addressing the gathering Pramod Madhwaraj said, “The State government was committed to develop the tourism industry in Udupi district by developing world-class amenities at the tourist attraction centre, Malpe. After becoming the MLA of Udupi district I have been able to get Rs 10.42 crore grant for the Malpe beach. The newly inaugurated beach cleaning machine grant of RS 75 lakh was released under the Chief Minister’s Challenge fund. Malpe is the first beach to have this type of machine after the Mumbai beach. Recently I have released Rs one crore each to organise water sports in Malpe and Murdeshwar beach”.
The Malpe Development Committee has already taken steps to construct 15 huts in the Malpe beach. Tourist amenities like welcome arch and parking lounge in St Mary’s Island will be developed. Malpe Development Committee should promote more and more Homestay facilities in Malpe and other beaches in the district. A permanent jetty will be constructed at a cost of Rs 3 crore in St Mary’s Island. As part of the government efforts to attract more tourists to Malpe beach the government will hold national-level swimming competitions in December, he added.
Meenakshi Madhava Bannaje (president CMC Udupi), Venkatesh (Deputy Commissioner), Sathish Ameen Padukere, Sandhya Kumari, Prashanth Ameen, Harmis Noronha, Manohar Shetty and others were present.
The Beach cleaning machine works by collecting sand by way of a scoop or drag mechanism and then ranking or shifting anything large enough to be considered foreign matter, including sticks, stones, rubbish, syringes, seaweeds, algae and other items. The beach cleaner machine effectively removes even the smallest materials like cigarette butts, pop tops, straws, plastics small shells, glass etc., which are eliminated from the beach sand.
The beach cleaner machine will help in reducing the bacterial level in beach sand which is caused by the debris and animal waste and saves the marine life by preventing illness. The beach cleaner machine removes only the unwanted debris and not the sand which helps in creating a clean, beautiful and safe beach for the visitors.
The beach cleaner machine has the capability of cleaning 20 acres per day. It has a low ground pressure and is eco-friendly which does no harm or affect the environment. It works in both wet and dry land and can be used in the water till a depth of 9 inches.
The beach cleaner offers high-quality products that are equipped with the patented raking, screening and mixing technology.
The beach cleaner works in three modes. Raking Technique; Surface cleaning only on wet sand/ dry sand on hard ground. Screening technique; for wet and dry sand in depth cleaning. Both combined Raking and Screening Technique.