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புதன், மே 04, 2011

Sea incursion threatens Thazhanguda near Cuddalore District


Thazhanguda residents fear damage from sea incursion, which is a serious problem here.


CUDDALORE: 

        Residents of Thazhanguda near here have become apprehensive of sea incursion in this part of the Cuddalore district.

        Coconut groves on the seashore that were once dense have now become scanty. The sea has already advanced by about 150 m towards fishermen habitations in Thazhanguda, rooting out coconut trees in that stretch. According to S. Karnan (27), a resident, there are not less than 130 fibre boats fitted with outboard engines in Thazhnguda. Even a couple of months ago, there was ample space between the sea and the shore in which they could conveniently berth boats.

          However, the land mass has greatly reduced and the space left now is hardly sufficient to accommodate long boats. If placed in such a narrow strip of land, the boats face a threat of being pushed by waves and damaged by hitting against trees on the coast. Now the waves are getting closer to houses, hardly 50 m away, giving sleepless nights to residents. Mr. Karnan was of the opinion that only after putting up groynes along the Thevanampattinam coast, a nearby fishermen colony, the sea had turned so rough at Thazhanguda.

         Therefore, Mr. Karnan said it was the considered view of people in Thazhanguda that if their place was to be saved from the advancing sea, groynes should be placed all along the coast. Unlike in other places, raising such a protective structure would not hit fishing expeditions from Thazhanguda because fishermen could safely berth their vessels in the nearby Uppanar.

        Mr. Karnan said that earlier the fishermen used to tow their boats ashore and tie them with ropes to the coconut trees. However, now they are left with no option but anchor the boats in the sea. The residents had submitted several representations to authorities, pleading for putting up groynes, but in vain, Mr. Karnan said.



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