The two local urban organizations organized beach clean-up campaigns on October 31 and declared tourist destinations plastic-free zones.
Officials have been delegated by Someshwara Municipality and Ullal Municipality to monitor the beaches in their respective areas. Revenue officers from local urban organizations visit the beaches every day to enforce the plastic ban.
While Someshwara Beach is close to Sri Somanatha Temple, Ullal Syed Madani Darga is only 2 km from Ullal Beach.
Hundreds of tourists have invaded religious shrines and beaches after the district saw a drop in Covid-19 cases.
Vani V Alva, the head of Someshwara Town Municipality, told TOI: âAll shops in temple town and beach locals have been warned not to use plastic. We cautioned against canceling their business license if they use or sell plastic carrier bags and other items. Signs prohibiting tourists and worshipers from carrying plastic carrier bags have been installed in temple premises and on beaches. We will strictly enforce the rules to make the place plastic free, âshe said.
Ullal Town Municipality Commissioner Rayappa said several initiatives have been launched to keep Ullal Beach plastic-free. âWe suggested at the stands on the beach not to use plastic cups for serving tea and coffee. Officials have visited regularly to enforce the plastic ban on the beach. Particular emphasis is placed on keeping the beach free of litter, âhe added.