Report by Michael Rodrigues
Team Mangalorean Udupi
Udupi : Sea Erosion this time at the borders of the sea nearing the land inhabited by people with their settlements is ready to create some havoc soon , if proper action is not taken in time.
This finding no solution for whatever reasons, the problem has aggravated this time beyond finding measures. Different places in Udupi are facing the Sea Erosion namely
Muloor near Kaup in Udupi District ; Udyavara Padukere ; Kodi & Maravanthe of Kundapur taluk, has aggravated the problems since a week . Sea Erosion has been a perennial problem of course. But the sea has stretched forward by 25-50 metres this time washing away soil or land region threatening the very existence of the inhabitants at the sea shores.
DK, Udupi district area of 140 kms in a periphery of 30 kms experiences erosion, which covers houses, coconut trees, roads in the stretch of 10 kms. are all prone to get washed away due to silting and erosion.Before the bifurcation of DK District, in the last10 years, 50 crores had been invested. After the bifurcation of the district 80 crores has been spent. Altogether in 20 years, almost130 crores had been spent. But yet the problem of Sea Erosion has not been solved ?
Every year fortification is done employing boulders at the border of the sea to check Soil Erosion. But the turbulence of the waves takes away the boulders dumped, meaning crores of rupees seems getting washed away in water.
The stone wall built over these past 20 years has crashed to the lashing waves, and this indicates that this is a very unscientific way of checking Soil Erosion at the sea borders due to the incessant breaking of the sea waves, more forceful especially during the monsoons.
But our Public leaders don't seem to understand this. If people appeal to Government. to build at least temporary stone walls in the sea bordering areas, State Government. throws hands in despair, suggesting "we are sorry". The DC himself appears helpless.
In Kaup, the sea has advanced by 25 metres, necessitates 100 mts of length to be filled in. Several coconut trees have been uprooted merging with the seas. At Padukere, sea waves are over the roads, the soil below the road has been washed away, posing dangers of the road to come apart.