Tidal ingress: Expert team inspects Puri beach

Puri/Bhubaneswar: A two-member technical team from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Madras examined the impact of high tide at Puri beach on Sunday.

During the visit, the team comprising Ram Kumar and Kadir Rawan inspected the nature of the tide and spoke to the fishermen residing in the nearby area. They too enquired about the timing of the high tides.

Officials of the district administration assisting the team also provided information on the history of such tides when the sea becomes rough.

“We visited the erosion place. The problem is due to the river protection and it is one of the reasons. Normally erosions occur during August to October. Due to this river protection the erosion is more,” Kumar said.

The expert team which expressed concern over the changing course of Mangala river will submit its recommendations to the Odisha government and IIT-Madras on sea wave ingress.

After the visit Artatrana Sahu, Executive Engineer, Irrigation Department said excavation work at the river mouth has been initiated.

“We have begun the excavation work which is very much necessary for free flow of river water to the sea. The river mouth will be dug up to 170 metre long and 80 metre wide while its depth will be 5 metre,” Sahu stated.

Reports said in past two-three days, over 200 metres of the beach have already been swallowed by the tidal waves, which are now hitting the Marine Drive road wall, crating fear among the visitors. The spot has been red flagged by the administration restricting the entry of tourists.

Meanwhile vendors on the beach have been asked to shift from the place and police patrolling in the area has been beefed up while the administration is maintaining a close vigil on the sea waves.

The hotels situated close to Swargadwar beach are anticipating higher waves during the full moon and new moon period.