IIT Madras team to study coastal erosion in Orissa

Kendrapada: A three-member team of oceanography experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, made an on-the-spot inspection to conduct a comprehensive study of the erosion- prone coast at Pentha under Rajnagar block. 

According to official sources, the experts have decided for a thorough scientific study of the erosion-hit coastline along the Pentha coast.

As a result, the much- awaited geo-tube sea wall project at Pentha is likely to be delayed further, Saline Embankment official sources said.

The team would study the beach profile, moisture content of sandy particles, morphology of the eroded beach, intensity, frequency and velocity of the waves. Under the sea wall project, India's first geo-tube sea wall will be erected. 

The World Bank has earmarked Rs 19 crore to the state water resources department under Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) programme for setting up the GFT technology- based sea wall, said executive engineer (saline embankment) JK Tripathy.
In April last, a team of World Bank personnel had visited the 700-metre vulnerable embankment at Pentha for studying the problem created by the sea eroding its coast.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had laid the foundation stone in January 2009 at Pentha for the construction of the sea wall with a view to save nearly 35,000 native villagers under 36 villages of four GPs in Rajnagar block in the wake of the warning by the OSDMA technical team that if necessary steps were not initiated then the villages might be lost in the sea.