Soil erosion prevention works at Anjuna nearing completion


After Kerim beach in Pernem taluka, the water resources department had undertaken the work of protecting Anjuna shoreline from rapid soil erosion and after one year the work is nearing completion.
It may be noted that the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, on March 27 last year, had laid foundation stone for the works including laying of concrete blocks and tetrapods over a stretch of 300 metres. The estimated cost of the works is ` 9 crore, part of which is central fund. Altogether 16,000 blocks were required to be made for the eroded stretch of the coast.
Sources in the water resources department informed that for the last one year the works were going on round the clock but unlike Kerim where the situation was comparatively better, the workers at Anjuna had to face hostile conditions while laying the blocks. While the concrete blocks are laid sea wards the tetrapods have been laid land wards.
Tourists, however, seem to be enjoying the arrangement as many of them are seen walking along the blocks and enjoying the sight as massive sea waves hit the blocks.
Each block weighs one tonne while a tetrapod weighs 1.5 tonnes.  Around 10,000 concrete blocks and 6000 tetrapods have been laid along the shoreline.
Ironically, a large number of illegal shops have come up along the stretch in tourism property and no action seems to be coming forth against these shops. [NT]