Since Yaas, high tide has advanced 550m closer to Sagar pilgrim spot – Times of India

Since Yaas, high tide has advanced 550m closer to Sagar pilgrim spot - Times of India

Sagar: A kilometre-long silvery beach, with fascinating patterns drawn by sand bubble crabs, has been wiped out. Gangesagar Island. About three weeks are left for the Gangesagar Mela, the second largest gathering of pilgrims in India Kumbh Mela at PrayagrajThe state irrigation department and PWD are racing against time to reclaim lost land and repair damaged roads.
The intrusion of the sea has left. Kapil Muni Temple, a pilgrimage site, barely 650 meters offshore during high tide, firmly in the red zone, indicating imminent danger. During low tide the water recedes up to 1.2 km from the temple. The temple has been moved six times, the first being destroyed by a severe storm and the next five by the advancing sea. The present temple was built in 1973 and expanded in 2013.
A pilot project of Rs 8.3 crore has been launched under which tetrapods will be dumped on the seashore to prevent water intrusion and reclaim the land. “It will take at least one or two seasons to find out whether the new method is effective or not,” said Subrata Chattopadhyay, chief engineer, state irrigation and waterways department.
The state irrigation department has released about Rs 85 crore for a series of measures, including dredging of the Moriganga river, re-dredging of the Chimaguri canal, anti-erosion measures and reconstruction of the damaged seashore. In addition to deploying 3-tonne tetrapods to break the waves, more than 35,000 cubic meters of earth is being dumped to reclaim the fairgrounds. Also, to compensate for the loss of the kilometer-long Main Sea beach, the fairgrounds have been extended by about 1.3 km in the east and 0.5 km in the west to accommodate lakhs of devotees to take a dip in the river. .
“Depending on the velocity of the site, periodic erosion and accretion are internal dynamics in the Sundarban delta region. Submerged artificial oyster reefs are necessary to cope with the situation,” said Sugata Hazara, former director of the School of Oceanography. said Jadavpur University.
Since Cyclone Ila (2009) the sea has been moving forward, but Typhoon Yas caused the most damage. (2021), when the sea advanced about 300 meters towards the temple. “If the sea moves at this rate, the Kapil Mani Temple will have to be relocated,” said Haripada Mondal, Appa Pradhan of Gangasagar Panchayat.
Kapil Mani Mandir Mahant Sanjay Das, the successor of temple head Mahant Gyan Das, said, “We are worried about the sea moving towards the temple. But we are confident that the government is taking steps to prevent erosion. Is.” .

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