Sea erosion at Maravanthe, Hoode; waves hit highway

Staff Correspondent

UDUPI: Sea erosion has been reported at Maravanthe and Hoode in Udupi district on Tuesday. The waves have been hitting the National Highway (NH) 17 at Maravanthe.

The NH 17, which connects Mangalore and Udupi to Mumbai, faces the Arabian Sea on one side and the Sowparnika on the other side at Maravanthe, due to which the highway is more in danger.

The waves have dragged away the boulders and the sand bags that were placed at the Maravanthe beach to protect the National Highway.

The six high mast lamps installed at a cost of Rs. 40 lakhs by the Department of Tourism, which were inaugurated at the Marvanthe beach around three years ago, have come down unable to bear the sea waves.

Locals have been demanding that a sea wall on the Kerala model be built.

Meanwhile at Hoode, the sea waves have been extremely rough. Nearly 20 coconut trees are on the verge of being washed away by the sea.

The temporary sea wall that was constructed there has collapsed. The Deputy Commissioner T. Sham Bhatt, and the tahsildar Muralidhar, visited the sea erosion affected spots.

The Deputy Commissioner has directed the Engineer of the Department of Ports, Sheshakrishna, to construct a temporary sea wall immediately as a temporary measure and take steps to build a permanent sea wall there.

The average rainfall recieved in the district in the last 24 hours till 8 a.m. today is 50.8 mm.

This includes 20.6 mm rainfall in Udupi taluk, 86.4 mm rainfall in Kundapur taluk and 45.4 mm rainfall in Karkala taluk.

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