Puducherry Beach Restoration Project Progresses

The Ministry of Earth Sciences, National Institute of Ocean Technology and Puducherry Government have just released the latest video about the Puducherry Beach Restoration Project.

Since the construction of the Puducherry harbor in 1989, 8 kilometers of beach has disappeared and 30 kilometers of Puducherry and neighboring Tamil Nadu coast have been eroding dramatically.

Short term measures like seawalls and groin field were attempted by the Puducherry government but the erosion problem shifted further north, with increased intensity.

Detailed shoreline management plan was prepared using satellite data and process based measurements covering two predominant seasons (SW and NE Monsoons).

As part of this plan the Puducherry government has implemented a beach nourishment scheme along 500m coast line using 50,000m³ of dredged sand from harbor mouth.

The nourishment resulted in gaining of beach to an extent of 60m near Puducherry Light House and Puducherry New Pier.

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