Kendrapada, August 25 (LocalWire) Miscreants set fire to the polypropylene net barriers of Odisha’s lone geo-synthetic seawall installed to prevent coastal erosion, at Pentha coast in Kendrapara district, officials said on Sunday.
The wires got melted after coming in contact with fire.
These boxes filled with natural stones were installed close to the seawall, Executive Engineer, Saline Embankment Division, Purna Chandra Rath told LocalWire.
The act of vandalism was perpetrated last night.
It was immediately clear who was responsible for the act.
The department on Sunday lodged a complaint with the local police against unknown persons.
The geo-synthetic seawall is a project of national importance and causing damage to it is a serious offence, he said.
It has sought for the services of technical experts to mend the damage done to the structure, he added.
The geo-synthetic tube seawall created to save the people living in the vulnerable coastal villages had been installed on 15 June 2016 at an investment of Rs.33 crore with World bank assistance.
The sea-erosion-control project has so far proved to be a success since the commissioning of the project three years back.
An estimated 36 per cent of the coast in the State is being hit by sea erosion.
The Pentha and Satbhaya coast in Kendrapara are considered worst affected.