Friday, August 08, 2008

OSDMA and ORSAC to study sea erosion in Chennai

IIT, Chennai has been roped in to study the alarming trends of sea incursion in the state and suggest preventive means . An IIT, Chennai delegation accompanied by representatives of Orissa State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA) and Orissa Remote Sensing Application Centre (ORSAC) is scheduled to visit the affected areas.

Chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik presided over a high-level meeting at the state secretariat here today, to take stock of the situation. Expressing concern that many coastal localities of the state including Puri, Konark, Paradip, Chilka, Gopalpur and Rajnagar are bearing the brunt of sea incursion, Mr Patnaik directed the departments to initiate long-term action plans to prevent the trend.

The meeting was informed that as Pentha village of Rajnagar area has been the worst-affected by incursion, a pilot project with an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore would be undertaken there. State water resources department will implement the project. The project will use geo-tube.

Massive plantation will help prevent such occurrences, the meeting felt.



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