No sea erosion prevention works until old bills are settled!

Posted on Jul 6th, 2012 and filed under Special Report.

PADUBIDRI : Former minister Vasanth Salian of the ‘I Am the government’ fame has said that the ports department officials have informed that the DC would not be permitting fresh works of dumping boulders on sea shores to avert sea erosion, unless the old bills pertaining to sea erosion prevention works, were settled.

It is learnt, the Rs 2.6 lakh spent on the sea erosion prevention works at Padubidri, Ermal, Mulur, Kaup and other areas last year, has not yet been released by the government. Unless that amount is cleared, fresh works will not be done.

Salian said the concrete road at Padukere too is facing danger due to erosion and any delay in the works would mean that the road will be washed away by the tidal waves There is even a fear that several houses may be inundated in case the river in the area merges with the sea. Recollecting the statement made by Palemar while he was a minister that Rs 287 crore project has been framed for permanent solution to sea erosion problem, he said the Ports officer Rathod has given information regarding a Rs 900 crore project. He said no sooner the documents relating to the project were made available, he would meet Union Minister and MPs Oscar Fernandes and Jayaprakash Hegde and would request them to release funds to construct brake waters on Kerala lines.

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