GSI to study geological disturbances in Puri

Puri/Bhubaneswar: The structures and buildings on the Puri sea beach have been leaning towards the north. Sounds strange and creates fear. But the gradual leaning scene is the truth. The structures have over a period of time tilted about three to four degrees towards the north.

Geologists were of the view that the structures on the sea beach could be tilting due to techtonic movements or due to the pressure exerted by the high mountain lying underneath the Bay of Bengal. The Geological Survey of India(GSI) would in March undertake a study to find out the cause.

The buildings and structures, particularly the large buildings, have over a period of time tilted about three to four degrees towards the north which might be visible to the naked eye. Some geologists guessed that it could be due to the effect of the Tsunami which struct Sumatran islands in 2004. Some other doubt that it could be due to the pressure caused by the presence of the high mountain lying beneath the Bay of Bengal which stretched from Sri Lanka to the Chilka lagoon. The mountain named East Reich which stretched beyond 1,600 kilometres extended up to Sakhigopal near Puri. "Puri town could be affected due to the larva under the mountain and it might be due to the techtonic movements," said Prananath Nayak, former deputy director general of the Geological Survey of India.

Experts of the GSI would study the situation to find out the reason for the geological disturbances. The study would be based on the factors affecting the lower stratum of the beach, the position and movements of the rivers ending in the Bay of Bengal near Puri, the speed and effect of sea tides and beach erosion at Puri. The study might help in providing preventive measures to tackle the gradual leaning process.