Mangaluru, July 4,2016: Planned damage to nature with unreasonable and excessive exploitation to gain wealth and later recommending big projects to repair the damage appears to be a vicious circle designed by officials and politicians alike. Many have made a fortune through excess sand extraction from the rivers in the CRZ areas at cheap rates and then selling it at a premium.
This has escalated sea erosion, for which the government has been conducting the annual ritual of placing boulders on the affected sea faces spending crores of rupees. The Asian Development Bank-loan project to protect Ullal beach is under way.
“What is the need to allow someone to make money and later spend crores of rupees of public funds to protect the beachfront,” asked a fisherman from Uchchila, off Mangaluru who has seen the activity for long, where several houses have been damaged by the sea.
DFFI, Democratic Youth Federation of India district president B.K. Imtiyaz echoed the same view and said that the government should exhibit the willpower to rein in overexploitation. Will this menace end?