Puri, August 3 (LocalWire) The administration of Puri city is contemplating to seek expert advise on coastal area erosion as frequent advancement of sea towards landmass has become a cause of concern.
On Friday, the sea advanced nearly fifty metres into the beach area near Swargadwar, which is always teeming with visiting crowd.
“For safety point of view, we have advised the visitors to stay away from the vulnerable portion of the beach, said Puri Collector Balwant Singh.
Besides Swargadwar, the beach at Baliapanda and Chakratirtha also faces erosion fear due to encroachment of sea.
The administration is taking up the matter with the World Bank-funded Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP), which had earlier conducted scientific study on sea erosion along Odisha coast.
“We will make an official request to them to conduct a fresh Puri-specific study on the frequency of sea erosion along the beach here,” Singh said.
The ICZMP’s study on coastal erosion conducted five years back had found 10% of the 482 km coastal area of Odisha as highly erosion prone. The erosion-prone spots included Puri, along with Paradip, Chilika and Gopalpur.
Usually a beach erodes because the supply of sand to the beach can not keep up with the loss of sand to the sea. In some cases, the rise in sea water level also causes a beach to shrink.
The city administration has also discovered blockage of river water release to sea due to sand deposit at Mangala rivulet estuary.
As it might be a cause for sea encroachment in Puri beach, the Water Resource department engineers are being consulted.
“If the need arise, we may go for dredging for the rivulet estuary”, Singh informed.