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The sea wall

Sir, — The Tamil Nadu Government's proposal to construct a sea wall along the East Coast at an estimated cost of Rs. 5,000 crore when millions of Indians are wallowing in utter poverty is absurd. Moreover a wall, no matter how strong, will provide little protection against tsunamis travelling at speeds of 1,000 km an hour.

T. John Bosco,
Chennai

Sir, — Growing mangroves along the East Coast will help create a barrier and will also help balance the ecology better than the proposed "great wall." Also, banning the construction of dwellings within 2 km of the coast will go a long way in developing better beaches.

R. Natarajan,
Karaikal

Sir, — The velocity, force and impact of tsunami waves are such that a concrete wall is unlikely to withstand them. While the threat and fear of a tsunami are something we have to live with, rapid afforestation in the coastal area can mitigate the disaster — a fact reinforced during the Dec. 26 tsunami.

N.S. Venkataraman,
Chennai

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