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Study waves to resolve erosion: IIT-M experts

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is all set to take up a study on the movement of waves or tidal movement in the Bay of Bengal across the coastal stretch from Visakhapatnam city to Bheemili on the advice of experts from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, (IIT-M) as part of its long term measures to check beach erosion. 

With the visiting two-member team from 
IIT-Mmooting this suggestion, GVMC is planning to entrust the task of conducting the study to an independent agency that has experience in taking up such oceanographic studies. 

The team gave this suggestion to GVMC after visiting the eroded portions of the beachfront, like Kursura Submarine Museum and 
Gokul Park, on Saturday morning along with GVMC commissioner MV Satyanarayana, National Institute of Oceanography scientist in-charge VSN Murty as well as officials of Visakhapatnam Port Trust and Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda). 

The IIT-M expert team that is advising GVMC on beach erosion comprises Prof Sannasiraj SA, who has conducted research in `Wave Impact on Offshore Structures and the Structural Response and Dynamics of Breaking Waves', and Prof V Sundar, who has been engaged in research on `Wave Structure Interaction, Coastal Erosion and Shore Protection'. 

"After physically observing the coast along Ramakrishna beach and interacting with our staff as well as those of Visakhapatnam Port and other scientists concerned at the GVMC office here on Saturday afternoon, the IIT-M team suggested that we conduct an in-depth study on the movement of waves in the stretch from Visakhapatnam city to Bheemili for a year. The team assured us that they would give a suitable long-term solution after going through the report of the one-year study. The solution will check beach erosion as well as restore the old width of the beach," the GVMC chief told TOI. 

Earlier, speaking to media persons at the beach, one of the team members, V Sundar, said that the process of tidal movement and other developments in the sea are likely to have an impact on erosion. "The coastline in places like Chennai and Paradip too faced similar problems, but the erosion was later arrested. In Visakhapatnam, we need to take a holistic view. We are very confident that our solution will not only protect the coastline, but also restore the beach. Short-term measures are already being taken by the authorities concerned on a war footing. We will also give short-term solutions to arrest erosion along the coastline falling under the GVMC limits within three to four months." 

Meanwhile, the GVMC commissioner told media persons that GVMC will mobilise funds with help of Visakhapatnam Port and some other private and government agencies soon after getting the report on short-term measures from the IIT-Chennai team. Meantime, GVMC will also send a team to Pune to glean some useful information from experts of the Central Water and Power Research Station, he added. 

The Times of India (09-02-2014)