Udupi, November 3, 2019: Visibly excessive sea erosion at the outer fisheries harbour in Maravanthe has left the residents in serious trouble. The sea erosion has intensified near the sea wall located towards the north side of the outer harbour. Of the 2,000-meter long shoreline, 5 to 6 meters of the shore waterline have already been washed away by the waves. Many coconut trees caught in the fury of waves have been uprooted and washed away.
The sea erosion is now just inches away from swallowing Karavali Road which provides connectivity to the inhabited area.
Houses are also facing a threat from sea erosion, residents said. The Department of Port and Fisheries had tried to check sea erosion by dumping boulders. Fishermen had placed sand bags to check erosion. As a result, the erosion has shifted towards northern side.
Meenugarara Seva Samithi President Mohan Kharvi and Gram Panchayat member Lokesh Kharvi said the authorities should initiate preventive measures to protect houses and road from sea erosion. The elected representatives and officials are aware about the problem, he added.
“A permanent sea wall should be constructed,” demanded residents as now the situation is far out of control and likely to get worse..