Berhampur, Sept 9 (LocalWire): With the sea encroaching into inhabited areas along the shore at Ramayapatna in Ganjam district’s Chikiti tehsil, the state government’s water resources development department has commenced constructing groynes and protection walls to check erosion and the change in course of Bahuda river.
A 100-meter-long groyne, 4.5 metres high and 4 metre deep would be constructed near Bahuda river mouth, while a 500-metre-long protection wall would be constructed near the village.
State-owned Odisha Construction Corporation Limited has been entrusted with its execution worth Rs 8 crores, said chief engineer, WRD department, JP Rath.
Dredging of the river mouth, about 2.5-km away from Ramayapatna, the worst affected village, has already started two days ago, he added.
Earlier, the government had planned to set up a gad-wall in the village under Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project funded by the World Bank but due to urgency, the groyne and the protection wall is being constructed after recommendation by an expert team from National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai.
Around 30 houses in Ramayapatna, a fishermen-dominated village collapsed due to the high tidal waves a month ago, while 50 other houses, located very close to the sea are on the verge of collapsing.
Former Union minister and MP (Berhampur) Chandra Sekhar Sahu and MLA (Chikiti) Usha Devi, had visited the village and stressed on the urgent need to dredge the river mouth for free flow of water.
Sahu said he had discussed with the engineers of WRD department and asked to expedite the work to save Ramayapatna before it is submerged.
Sahu emphasized on the detailed study of the erosion of Ganjam coastline by an expert team and said he would discuss the matter with the state and Central governments.
Besides Ramayapatna, an under construction toilet complex at Gopalpur-on-Sea also collapsed recently.