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Indian coastline fast eroding, say scientists


Pramod Acharya,CNN-IBN
Jul 10, 2007 at 11:43am IST

Goa: After Goa lost its famous Coco Beach due to illegal construction, a heavy monsoon and a fierce sea, the incident has sounded alarming bells for all marine scientists.

However, the Coco beach isn't the only part of India's coastline affected by erosion. The National Institute of Oceanography is now saying that nearly a quarter of the country's coast is under threat.

Says scientist, ocean engineering, NIO, V Sanil, “The total coastline along India is around 5,500 km, out of which 23 per cent is under net erosion. Erosion happens at all beaches.”

A committee constituted by the government under the chairmanship of the director of the NIO says that nearly 480 km of Kerala's coast is also eroding.

Coastlines in Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal are also being affected, and 28 per cent of the coast in Dakshin Kannada is in critical danger.

“It is not a phenomenon happening only in Goa but all along the Indian coastline,” says Kumar.

So these startling facts revealed by NIO clearly indicates a need to find out reasons behind this phenomenon.

And although there is no specific study conducted about this, it can have real devastating effects on the Indian coastline.

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