Posted on December 1, 2020
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, Nov 28: A team of experts led by the dean of the fisheries college here, Dr A Senthil Vel, has submitted a study report to the union ministry of environment, forest and climate change, in which it has opined that unless the dredger, Bhagwati Prem, which is currently stationed at the Guddekopla beach near Surathkal, it can damage the environment including the land here.
“The dredger is 60 metres long and it stands across the beach. It also has been creating problems for fishing. If left untouched, there is the chance of the dredger slowly drowning in water. In the coming days, it might give rise to acute sea erosion. Already the dredger is covered by sand around it and if it is left in that position for long, dredging may be necessary to move it from there.
“Diesel and oil that are in large quantities, are currently not leaking from the dredger, but they might leak anytime. The best option is to safely vacate it from here as breaking it here also is not a suitable proposition. It should be taken to either Gujarat or Mumbai shipyard,” the experts said in the report they prepared after visiting the spot where the ship is currently standing.
Dr Senthil Vel pointed out that a dredger which got stranded for ten years at the Candolim beach in Goa has proved nightmarish for the beautiful beach that has now been destroyed. He recalled that he had recommended the removal of that dredger too. He said similar fate might await the beach here unless prompt action is taken to remove this dredger.