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July 2013

Decks cleared for Odisha's geo-synthetic-tube seawall

Kendrapara: Decks have been cleared for commencement of construction of Odisha's first geo-synthetic-tube seawall project to tame the marauding sea, officials said. 

The Rs 33 crore project will arrest sea erosion along Pentha coast in Kendrapara district. 

Geo-tubes made up of high grade rexin and filled with sand would be put in place at the erosion-hit Pentha embankment. The sand filled rexin bags would act as protective barrier against tidal waves. It would absorb the tidal ingress and salinity contents in sea water and stop the erosion of embankment, Executive Engineer, saline embankment division, Jugal Kishore Tripathy said. 

Pune-based Garware Wall Ropes Ltd has been awarded a contract for the project. Work would start shortly and would be completed by October 2014, they said. 

PCPIR: pre-bid meeting for marine studies

Seven firms from all over the country have responded to the notification issued by the Visakhapatnam- Kakinada Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (VK-PCPIR) for taking up the Marine Environmental Impact Assessment study in the region.

Vice-Chairman of the VUDA as well as the PCPIR N. Yuvaraj held a pre-bid meeting with representatives of the firms. While focusing on the significance of the study, he said the PCPIR strategies of conserving the environment and ecology both on land and sea would get top priority.

The Environmental Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI) has already been conducting the Environmental Impact Assessment study and the National Institute of Oceanography has been assigned the study of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ).

Projects and Development India of Dhanbad, Indomer Coastal Hydraulics and BMT Consultant India, Lotus Granges of Chennai, SENES Consultants India and L & T Ramboll Consulting India of Hyderabad and TerrCon Ecotech of Mumbai were the firms that responded.

Naroa gram sabha wants illegal structure demolished

NAROA: The issue of the proposed shipyard on the banks of the River Mandovi at Tottevado,Naroa, raised much heat and dust, as the Naroa

At the cost of polluting the Koodankulam sea

Monday, Jul 29, 2013, 7:00 IST | Agency: DNA

Nityanand Jayaraman  

Koodankulam Unit 1 turned critical on July 14. The sea in the immediate vicinity of the nuclear power plant will turn critical when commercial electricity production commences. In June 2013, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) renewed Unit 1’s license to discharge 6.3 billion litres of wastewater.

An open channel running along the compound wall will empty all this water right onto the beach. This is mostly hot water from the coolant system, and smaller proportions of desalination rejects, and effluents with low-level radioactivity.

This discharge will poison beaches, devastate near-shore fisheries and choke the livelihood of fisherfolk in the vicinity. When that happens, the blame should fall squarely on the individuals in TNPCB, the State Coastal Zone Management Authority, the 12 members of the union environment ministry’s Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) on CRZ, and the ministry itself.

Relax Coastal Regulation Zone rules, Maharashtra tells Centre

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has demanded the Centre relaxes the costal regulatory rules for state's 720- kilometer long coastline.

State tourism minister Chhagan Bhujbal demanded the union government makes immediate relaxation on the lines of Kerala and Goa. This is vital for the development of the coastline and exploit its full potential, Bhujbal said at the annual conference of all tourism ministers in New Delhi.

Sea erosion threatens houses on Mangalore, Udupi coast

MANGALORE: With the intensity of rains this year being more than last year, many areas in Mangalore and Udupi are witnessing heightened erosion along the coast. 

Relax Coastal Regulation Zone rules, Maharashtra tells Centre

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has demanded the Centre relaxes the costal regulatory rules for state's 720- kilometer long coastline. 



State tourism minister Chhagan Bhujbaldemanded the union government makes immediate relaxation on the lines of Kerala and Goa. This is vital for the development of the coastline and exploit its full potential, Bhujbal said at the annual conference of all tourism ministers in New Delhi. 

Low impact of industrialisation on aquatic fauna in Gulf of Kutch: Study

 The impact of  on  found at bottom of the Arabian sea (macrobenthic communities) in the sensitive ecosystem of the  (MNPS) in southern Gulf of Kutch was found to be low despite various anthropogenic pressures in the region, according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Oceanograp

Palk Bay has luxuriant seagrass beds, finds study

The 130-km-long stretch between Pamban and Athiramapattinam in the Palk Bay coast has a treasure of luxuriant seagrass beds, according to Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI).

The Tuticorin-based research institute which had taken up a comprehensive underwater survey and assessment of seagrass beds in the Palk Bay in 2008, has completed its study in February this year, and found that the coastline has 254 square km of seagrass cover.

Giving details of the findings, SDMRI director J.K.Patterson Edward said the study was taken up in the area between Pamban and Thondi in the first phase and up to Athiramapattinam with the support of Mangroves for the Future Programme of International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in the second phase.

“The coastline has all the 14 species of seagrass found all over the world and Thalassia hemprichii, Syringodium isoetifolium and Cymodocea serrulata are the dominant species,” he told The Hindu . The luxuriant growth was seen in Puthupattinam, Mullumunai and Thondi zones, he said.

Tourism push: Marinas to come up on Maharashtra coastline

PUNE: After Kerala, Maharashtra plans to tap its 720 km-long coastline to build marinas at several locations, making it the second state in the country to explore this possibility.