For years, the 9-km stretch of Puri beach near Bankimuhan waste water treatment plant was an eyesore with garbage and sewage littering the shore.
Today, the beach is totally litter-free thanks to efforts of well-known sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik. The Puri-based Pattnaik launched a hungerstrike on July 11 on the beach that had been neglected for years.
Support from tourists and residents for Pattnaik's cause poured in, leaving the administration anxious about negative publicity for a tourist destination like Puri.
Read more of this in a report by Debabrata Mohapatra published in Times of India...