Berhampur, Sept 1 (LocalWire): Berhampur MP, Chandra Sekhar Sahu, has emphasized on the detailed survey of Ganjam coastline by an expert team to identify the vulnerable areas eroded by sea and the urgent need to protect it.
‘I will discuss the issue with Union minister for environment, forest and climate change, Prakash Javedkar, soon in New Delhi and ask him to take necessary steps to protect the land from the sea,’ the former Union minister said after surveying Ramayapatna village under Chikiti block, where 27 houses collapsed in the last fortnight due to massive sea erosion.
‘The villagers are panic stricken as the sea encroaches.
Around 50 houses located near the beach are on the verge of collapse as high tidal waves lash the village,’ he said after visiting the fishermen-dominated village with Chikiti MLA, Usha Devi.
Sahu stressed on dredging the Bahuda river mouth, near the village, for free flow of sea water.
‘We will discuss with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik about it too,’ he said.
He also urged the villagers to shift to a new colony, set up under Odisha disaster recovery project, near the village.
The state government, meanwhile, at a high-level meeting decided to construct a 200-meter-long stone wall in Ramayapatna to protect the village from sea erosion, said executive engineer, water resources development,
Berhampur, Bijay Kumar Pal.
The Rs 3 crore-stone wall was recommended by an expert team from National Institute of Ocean Technology Chennai, he said.
Like Ramayapatna, several other coastal villages in the district, located near the sea, are also facing threat of erosion, Sahu said. Around 40 villages are situated in the 54-long costal line of Ganjam district.
‘Steps should be taken to construct stone walls, like the one constructed in Pondicherry, to protect the villages,’ he said.