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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Aug 11: 

With the aggressive beach erosion near Puri Swargadwara playing havoc among locals, Odisha Water Resource Secretary PK Jena today said that a team of experts from IIT Madras would carry out a tide impact study in the coastal town in order to find a long term solution to the issue.

Puri beach erosion

“A master plan is being prepared to contain the erosion there.  A team of experts from IIT Madras will reach Puri in next two days to find a permanent solution,” said Jena speaking to reporters today.

Even though the administration has already started work on creating a barrier to avoid further erosion, the high tide is making the task difficult.

“We are trying to erect a wooden barricade with the help of piling, but the high tide is making the task difficult. We are unable to run the piling instrument,” said Assistant Engineer of PWD Puri Purna Chandra Beuria.

Meanwhile, over 100 shops operating on the beach have been shifted to other places and tourists have been barred to enter the area. The administration has hoisted a red flag in the area and life guards have been deployed to avopid any untoward incident.