Jagatsinghpur, August 18 (LocalWire): Panic has gripped the people of Padampur Panchayat and other nearby gram panchayats in Erasama block after sea water encroached upon nearly 300 m of land, creating four breaches near Kalabedi.
Siali beach, a popular tourist spot, is now seeing sea water enter the beach at places which were earlier considered safe for tourists.
The tidal wave has also washed away areas having a natural forest cover of banhi and casuarina trees.
Villagers of Kalabedi, Silai, Padampur, and nearby panchayats like Gadbishnupur, Janakadeipur, Nardia and Goda have been living in panicky conditions for the last one week, as the threat of sea erosion looms large.
The impending low pressure on August 19 has caused worry amongst the villagers, as heavy rainfall could cause swollen tidal waves to enter the villages. Fishermen are finding it difficult to sail into the sea from their traditional fish-landing sites.
The Sarpanch of Padampur panchayat Keshab Charan Patra said, “The sea was 300 metres away from our village five years ago, but it has been consistently eating into the coastline.
Even though engineers were pressed into service and have slowed erosion by spreading sand bags, we need a permanent solution such as the construction of a sea wall and groynes.”
Yesterday, a team of experts and engineers led by Block Development Officer of Erasama, Kailash Chandra Behera, visited the spot and took measures to check erosion by filling the breaches with sand bags.
Executive engineer of Mahanadi South Division in Cuttack, Basant Rout, said that the condition of sea erosion is extremely critical as a portion of the protective wall has collapsed into the sea.
“We have sought the intervention of the state government for the construction of the coastal embankment as a permanent solution and have submitted a proposal to the Asian Development Bank through the Special Relief Commissioner for the erection of this embankment in Siali,” he said.