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Sea erosion threatens Udyavara-Padukere

Ganesh Prabhu



UNDER THREAT:Rainwater inundated the low-lying area at Bailakere in Udupi recently.

Udyavara-Padukere (Udupi District): Sea erosion has been a common and recurrent problem in many places on the coastline of Udupi district, including Udyavara-Padukere, during the rainy season. This year has been no different.

The residents of Udyavara-Padukere have braved the tidal waves of the Arabian Sea and lived here courageously for decades. The Udyavara-Padukere is a narrow peninsular land with the Udyavara rivulet on one side and the sea on the other side. Suresh Puthran, fisherman, said the boulders to check sea erosion were being put in areas where erosion was not taking place. Another fisherman, Pundarikaksha Tingalaya, said that there was the danger of the road being eaten by the sea if more boulders were not put. The work was not satisfactory. “The contractors are merely lifting the boulders which had sunk below in the sand and are putting it up only to jack up the bills,” he said.

Baby Mendon, a resident, said that instead of taking precautionary steps, the authorities woke up at the last minute when sea erosion became critical. “Now, the sea water is crossing the road and entering our garden. Sometimes we get drenched by the waves while walking on the road,” she said.

Executive Engineer of the Department of Ports and Fisheries Taranath Rathod told The Hindu that 1,100 metres of coastline had been affected by sea erosion in the district. These included 300 metres at Kankod Bhajana Mandira area at Udyavara-Padukere, 100 metres each at Byndoor-Paduvari and Kota-Padukere, and 40 metres at Kodikanyana.

An estimate of Rs. 2 crore had been sent to the Deputy Commissioner to put boulders in these areas.

Deputy Commissioner M.T. Reju said that he had already sent a different proposal earlier to the State government in this regard.

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