Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: The Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) has come out with a plan to protect the Gopalpur sea resort from tidal waves.

At a board meeting here on Wednesday, it suggested construction of a 1.8 km wall to guard the resort. The issue figured prominently at the meeting held under the chairmanship of Saratranjan Patnaik.

Sashibhusan Mohanty, chairperson of the Gopalpur Notified Area Council (NAC), who was present at the meeting, told The Hindu that the BDA passed the proposal. This would now be submitted to the State government as part of efforts to arrange funds for the works.

Mr. Mohanty said that as per the proposal the wall would be built on the lines of the one along Puducherry coast using bamboo pilings and concrete. The guard at Gopalpur was expected to cost some Rs. 9.5 crores.

Other works

The BDA also decided to acquire all private land on the sea side of the existing road on the Gopalpur beach to keep the area near the sea free from constructions.

A large welcome gate would be built on the Berhampur-Gopalpur road to greet tourists to Gopalpur.

Other developmental plans for Gopalpur included laying of a foundation stone for kalyana mandapam at Gopalpur on August 31.

Power disruptions to the lamp posts by the side of the Berhampur-Gopalpur road also came up for discussion.

It was decided that the Berhampur Municipality would look after the maintenance of these lights while the BDA would provide funds.