Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Aug 14:
A two-member team of experts from IIT-Madras today visited the spot near Swargadwara in Odisha’s Puri where tidal waves have caused massive erosion of the beach.
The team comprising of engineers Ram Kumar and Kadir Rawan apart from studying the situation on the beach near Swargadwara also visited the Mangala river mouth and took note of the situation there.
“The team from the Oceanography department of IIT-Madras led by Ram Kumar saw the erosion that has taken place near Swargadwara and in addition to that it visited the Mangala river mouth and saw the sand casting that has taken place there. The team will submit its report to the government on the basis of which the future course of action will be undertaken,” said Artatrana Sahu, Executive Engineer of the Water Resources department of the state government, who was accompanying the team during its spot visit.
“The Executive Engineer took us to the erosion place. It is highly eroded. This is the product of river course disruption. Course disruption is one of the reasons but it is not the 100% reason. Normally, erosion takes place between August to October months. We have proposed for geo-tube embankment. After we complete our investigations we will report our findings to the head of our department in IIT-Madras, he will take a call on what exactly has happened,” said Ram Kumar, head of the IIT-Madras team talking to reporters here.
It may be recalled here that Water Resources Secretary PK Jena had on Thursday said that a team of experts from IIT-Madras would carry out a tide impact study in Puri in order to find a long-term solution to the issue.