Mangaluru: Sea erosion at Ullal – Rs 381 crore spent, issue still not resolved


Mohan Kuthar

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Oct 14: Though crores of rupees are spent on resolving the issue of sea erosion at Ullal and Someshwar beach on the outskirts of the city, no permanent solution for the problem is found yet.

Around 250 meters of land area at Mogaveerapatna of Ullal and the complete land area near Someshwar beach is on the verge of getting washed away by sea. There was no problem of sea erosion at Ullal 30 years ago. Brake water was installed at Bengre and Ullal part of 525 meter length each. After the installation of break water this issue has cropped up. The sand that is supposed to end up on the shore scientifically is not reaching the shore at all. So the sea is eroding the land. Though the residents of this area built their houses 700 meter away from the original sea shore, now the sea has reached up to their verandah.

The work of erecting stones to prevent sea erosion was undertaken. Crores of rupees spent on this project are now washed away into the sea. Due to the constant protests and legal fight for finding a permanent solution to the problem, the state government released a grant of Rs 227 crore in 2010. Plan was formed to make two reefs and strengthen the break water. However, as two meter of break water was retained, Rs 45 crore spent on the same went in vain. Accumulation of sand continued in the river gate. This resulted in capsizing of fishing boats.

Locals say that the reef that is built in the north is 600 meters away from the beach and is 360 meters in length. The reef on the south is 700 meters away from the sea shore and is also 360 meters in length. There is a distance of 1050 meters between both the reefs. Earlier the waves used to hit the shore at the same speed. Now they are lashing at the houses at Mogaveerapatna from three sides. The waves are lashing to areas of Hilarianagar, Subhashnagar and Ombathu Kere areas after the reefs were installed.

In the Trench-2 project, a further Rs 150 crore grant was spent. However, due to the unscientific work, preventing waves from lashing to houses could not be contained. Fishermen say that the reefs should have been constructed at 300 meters from the shore and both reefs should have been built in a distance of 260 meters between them. So far Rs 381 crore is spent on funds that were allotted to prevent sea erosion at Ullal.

Bharath Kumar Ullal, president of Hadinalkupatna Mogaveera Samyuktha Sabha says, “Though crores of rupees are spent on preventing sea erosion at Ullal, permanent solution is not at sight. The work of putting river sand on Ullal sea beach is dropped. The sand that is supposed to enter the sea from the river is not getting into the sea. Due to the installation of reefs, the catch of traditional fishermen has increased.”

Former MLA of Suratkal Vijayakumar Shetty says, “When S M Krishna was the chief minister of Karnataka in the year 2000, a delegation was sent from the state to France to study the sea erosion process. I, the then minister for minor irrigation Vasanth Salian and officials of the department were in the team. Our team had submitted a report to the government of the successful steps taken in France to prevent sea erosion. If the project was done on the report submitted by our delegation which was sent to France, this issue would have been solved permanently.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Suni, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    Please ask u t Khadar , he is representing ullal from last 25 years, great,

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  • Manu Joseph, Sutathkal

    Fri, Oct 15 2021

    Check politician's Bank account should be income-tax raid soon .... y no one interested yyyyyy ...

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  • Chandrumama, Mulki inside

    Fri, Oct 15 2021

    Better to hand over the case to CBI to find out how they spend. And in future they must give this work to some foreign countries experts who have done good work in the past.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Oct 15 2021

    I'm wondering how Gate way of India is surviving 100 years! Dubai is building cities in the sea! Here, Money bags of several politicians never get filled! Indian engineers creating wonders worldwide! Sad to see we can not contain sea erosion for the several decades. They do not want to use Tetrapodes nor any scientific methods and permanent solution! That plugs their flow right? We are happy with moral policing, cow and religion issues! God save India and the tax payers!

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  • Santhosh M Puthran, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 15 2021

    Instead of spending Rs 381 crore to prevent sea erosion at Ullal, Our govt could have sanctioned decent land and distributed money to the people residing in Ullal sea belt to construct new houses in sanctioned land . Once the settlement is done, Vacate the people where sea erosion takes place then take necessary steps to stop sea erosion. Local people whose occupation is fishing they can travel and continue their occupation. Problem is solved.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 15 2021

    Better to hand over the case to CBI to find out how they spend. And in future they must give this work to some foreign countries experts who have done good work in the past.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 15 2021

    How much of this money has gone into politician’s pocket?.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    381 crores swolled, not by sea - entire coast of DK could have been saved if scientific methods were used........

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    381 crore spent - may be gone down the drain or some people's pockets...

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  • Mohan, Sajip a bcroad derebail

    Fri, Oct 15 2021

    It's all big mafia gang behind sea errosion . contractor,MLA,MP all ganged up vth department engineers to loot SRA EROSION funds. They just name sake dump big boulders in sea. Nd claim croes rupees bills. Every year every government loot continues.They never ever tried for permanent solution.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Just check the bank accounts of concerned district in charge minister, his family members, contractors and their family member etc. you will find where the erosion is filled with ........

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    May be they should have poured these crores in small coins instead of spending on creating reefs,they wouldnt have problems.One must understand ,Nature has its own method ,whatever we make or pray.It will take its course.I doubt if any sand was encroaced there in Ullal?

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  • pili, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    unplanned work every year done just to make money thru Contractors because it is treated as golden egg laying goose every year

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    ha ha ha...bharath matha ki jai...what kind of nice politicians and administrators we have...out of 381 at least 300 crores must have been gobbled by various leaders and contractors...jai ho

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  • Shivraj, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Tax payers money has eroded to benefit a few Sea has been the same .. erosion an excuse .. All man made .... Find beneficiaries of loot ..from projects ...gifting expensive cars Rolls Royce etc ..

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