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Vizag port focuses to appoint an expert team to study beach

Posted on January 30, 2024

The Visakhapatnam Port Authority (VPA) and Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) are focusing on beach erosion and taking permanent solutions. They have set up a technical team, including experts from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) and IIT Chennai, to study the RK Beach stretch.

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Port Authority (VPA) and Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) chairman Madhaiyaan Angamuthu said that they are focussing on beach erosion and to take permanent solution to avoid it. He said a technical team with experts from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), the Marine Engineering wing of IIT Chennai, the AU Oceanography department, and others would be set up to study the entire RK Beach stretch.

Addressing the media at RK Beach here on Thursday after the inauguration of the Shore Pumping and Beach Nourishment 2023-24 by DCI, funded by VPA, the chairman said that the study of experts may provide results. By their recommendations, the beach nourishment days may be increased, or some other measures would be taken. VPI has been conducting beach nourishment for 30 days every year.

The chairman said the total value of the three-year dredging contract is Rs 57.26 crore to dredge 6.3 lakh cubic meters (CuM) of sand in three years. As part of the contract, carrying out the said activity for the second-year dredging of about 2.1 lakh CuM for a total value of the year Rs 19.09 crore. The dredging would be carried out for about 30 days each year.

He said Visakhapatnam Port Authority has been committed to controlling the erosion by regularly nourishing the Rama Krishna Beach with the sand available in the sand trap at the outer harbour. This is a yearly process and much required for retaining and nourishing the R K Beach and also working in collaboration with the State Government to protect the pristine beach of Vizag city.

He further emphasized the fact that to reduce erosion, the Dredging Corporation of India with its state of art dredgers- DCI Dredge 21, would dredge the sand material from inside the port area and pump the sand ashore the R K Beach using a self-floating pipeline of length a half Kilometer or rainbowing.

The port deputy chairman Durgesh Kumar Dubey, chief vigilance officer P S Lingeswara Swami, , DCI general manager Captain K M Choudhary and others participated.


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