Sea erosion problem to end in 3 years: Khader

Sea erosion problem to end in 3 years: Khader

Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader has said that Rs 236 crore has already been released for Sustainable Coastal Protection and Management Investment Programme (SCPMIP) being implemented by the state government in association with Asian Development Bank (ADB) to address the sea erosion problem.

Addressing reporters after visiting Ullal shore where properties have been damaged due to sea erosion here on Tuesday, he said that the work has already been started.

The stretches of shore from Ullal has been handed over to the implementing agency and will take another three years to complete. “I have asked the district administration to prepare an action plan to check sea erosion on a temporary ground for the time being. The government will sanction required funds for all temporary work based on district administration’s proposal,” he added.
 
Woes

With the sea erosion intensifying in the region, properties including a recreation centre of a resort in Ullal has been damaged. The open air theatre of ‘Summer Sands’ has been partially damaged. Similarly, coconut trees and small sheds constructed by fishermen have been washed away in the waves. Residents of Kotepura, Mogaveerapatna, Ombathukere, Uchila and Someshwar have been living with fear of sea erosion.

The boulders that have been dumped to check sea erosion too have been washed away.

Chandrashekhar Uchil, a fisherman said, “50 metres of land attached to his property has been swallowed by the sea. Normally, the disastrous affect starts several days after the onset of monsoon. However, this year, sea has become rough within a day of the onset of monsoon.”

Ombathukere colony

The Minister also visited Ombathukere where houses under Ashraya schemes have been built on 9.5 acre land. The houses that were built 16 years ago have remained unused.

He said that the construction of 390 houses commenced during S M Krishna’s regime. It was intended to distribute houses among poor at a cost of Rs 20,000. However, the government could not complete the project due to litigation and objections.

“I will convene a meeting of officials to prepare a revised plan. I will also discuss Ombathikere Ashraya houses issue with officials of Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation. We have to decide whether the existing incomplete houses will be renovated or new vertical apartments be constructed. Our priority is to provide single bedroom houses with a hall, kitchen and toilet to poor at an affordable price,” Khader said.

Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim among others were present.

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