Recently, the Blue Flag certification has been accorded to two new beaches of a Union Territory (UT) of India. Locate the UT on map.
Lakshadweep. The Blue Flag certification has been accorded to Minicoy Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach of Lakshadweep. Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches of the world. It is an eco-tourism model endeavouring to provide the tourists/beachgoers clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities, a safe and healthy environment and sustainable development of the area. It is accorded by the international jury composed of eminent members – UNEP, UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Denmark-based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and IUCN.
The Sukapaika River, which stopped flowing 70 years ago, is set to be rejuvenated as the State government has started working on its revival plan following a recent direction from the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Locate the state on the map.
Odisha. Sukapaika is one of the several distributaries of the mighty Mahanadi River in Odisha. It branches away from the Mahanadi at Ayatpur village in Cuttack district and flows for about 40 kilometres (km) before rejoining its parent river at Tarapur in the same district. Sukapaika river is an important system of the Mahanadi to control floodwater and maintain the flow in the river as well as the Bay of Bengal.
Locate the site of Indus Valley Civilization which had the world’s earliest known dock, which connected the city to an ancient course of the Sabarmati River on the trade route between Harappan cities in Sindh and the peninsula of Saurashtra.
Lothal, Gujarat. Recently, the Prime Minister has reviewed the construction of the National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) site at Gujarat’s Lothal. Lothal was one of the southernmost sites of the Indus Valley civilization (IVC), located in the Bhal region of what is now the state of Gujarat. The port city is believed to have been built in 2,200 BC. Lothal was a thriving trade center in ancient times, with its trade of beads, gems and ornaments reaching West Asia and Africa.
Find the city on map where the ‘Shri Mahakal Lok’ corridor has recently been inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India.
Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Mahakal Maharaj Mandir Parisar Vistar Yojna is a plan for the expansion, beautification, and decongestion of the Mahakaleshwar temple and its adjoining area in Ujjain district. Under the plan, the Mahakaleshwar temple premises of around 2.82 hectares is being increased to 47 hectares, which will be developed in two phases by the Ujjain district administration. This will include the 17 hectares of Rudrasagar lake. The project is expected to increase annual footfall in the city from the current 1.50 crore to nearly three crores.
Locate the tiger reserve on map, where 6,000 trees were illegally cut recently, for the proposed Pakhro tiger safari project.
Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand. Pakhro tiger safari will be spread over an area of 106 hectares, when completed, it would have been the State’s first tiger safari that would have tigers in enclosures to ensure "100% sighting". Corbett Tiger Reserve is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The Project Tiger was launched in 1973 in Corbett National Park (first National Park of India), which is part of Corbett Tiger Reserve. The national park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. It is named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment.