Berhampur, August 16 (LocalWire): With the state government proposing to construct a guard-wall to protect the shores from coastal erosion, the residents of village Ramayapatnam at Chikiti block in Ganjam district can now take a sigh a relief.
The village along the sea has been facing massive erosion during high-tide and the guard-wall will help protect it from the threat.
The guard-wall will be constructed at about 20-meter distance from the sea coast under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP) by the Water Resources Development (WRD) Department.
According to Berhampur Circle WRD Department chief engineer J Rath, the length of the proposed guard-wall will be around one-km, while its height will be around 3.5 meters.
“The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 6.50 crore,” he said, adding that senior engineers of the department visited the village on Tuesday to conduct detail survey for the construction of the guard wall.
Ramayapatna, a coastal and fishing village has been bearing the brunt of the sea fury frequently, with over 500 families living there in constant fear. While at least four houses closed to the sea have been damaged recently, some other houses may collapse during the high tidal wave of the sea.
According to village committee member L Bhagi Reddy, the village the high tidal waves during full moon have been devastating for the village which was around 750 meters away from the coastal line seven years ago. “It is now less than 100 meters away due to rapid sea erosion,” he said.
Sonepur revenue inspector Girija Bhusan Mallick informed that the residents who have thatched houses in the village have been provided with pucca houses under Odisha Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP) at Chandrabedha, about one-and-half km away from their village. As many as 331 families of the village have got the houses under the scheme.
“Though they got the houses in ODRP scheme, they did not leave the old houses at Ramayapatna, which is easy for fishing,” he said, adding that the local authorities have been pursuing with them to relocate to the pucca house.
Highlighting the problem, Ganjam district Odisha State Fish Workers’ Union president L Kotesh said that Ramayapatna was one of the many villages along the Odisha coast that was facing the problem of erosion due to sea waves. “Several villages located near the sea beach are facing the same problem due to the wanton sea erosion. Guard wall is necessary for other coastal villages too,” he stressed.