Pondicherry’s beach front is set to be restored to its former beauty. The days when young and old used to enjoy a stroll and play on the sandy beach along the towns coastline will soon be a reality again. Thanks to an ambitious government project, this seaside town will once again have a picturesque waterfront.
Launching the project in March of 2017 the Puducherry Chief Minister reminisced that “When I was a young boy, we used to run to the water and go swimming in the sea.” he also said that “beaches are where people come to relax in the evenings after work, and they are also a critical source of livelihood for coastal communities. Beach restoration has been one of our dreams”.
Part of the operations was started when the inland cutter suction dredger, Ganga, was deployed by the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI). This vessel would dredge about 3 lakh cubic metre of sand which would then be deposited using ‘rainbow dredging’ technique, which is the spraying of the sand from the dredging vessel towards the coast. In this manner the beach behind the Gandhi Statue was replenished with sand.
Other than recreating of the sandy beach, two artificial reefs will be built. The reefs will serve as barriers against further soil erosion and also help natural movement of sand towards the northern side of the coastline. This is part of the Shoreline Management Plan for Puducherry.
The restoration of the Puducherry Beach will add another attraction for visitors. The environment will also benefit as the project will halt further coastal erosion.
sources: Indian express / deccanchronicle / livemint / thehindu / NIOT