It was a milestone day for COMACOE as district-incharge minister Sh. Pramod Madhwaraj and Byndoor MLA, Sh. Gopal Poojary visited our Maravanthe project site to perform groundbreaking Pooja. The ceremony was well attended by local taluk and gram panchayat members and locals.
This project is part of Karnataka Government’s pioneering, Sustainable Coastal Protection & Management Investment Programme (SCPMIP) which is being funded by Asian Development Bank and is India’s first Integrated Coastal Management Programme. The significance of this project is nation-wide since this is one of the earliest full-blown projects for shoreline protection and most of the earlier pilot projects in Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka have not been too successful, for one reason or the other.
The project site is located in Udupi district. Maravanthe project site is surrounded by Arabian sea on the west and Souparnika river on the east forming a narrow isthmus on which the National Highway 66 (NH-66) running that connects Mumbai in the north to Kochi in Kerala towards the south. The proposed scheme involves protecting a shoreline length of 3.5kms by 15 numbers of shore normal groynes and 9 numbers of T-groynes. Sand redistribution is proposed to enhance the beach width at critical sections.
In picture above, state minister Pramod Madhwaraj is seen addressing the gathering after the Pooja ceremony. Seated to his left are MLA Gopal Poojary, COMACOE Group CEO Vivek Bansal and COMACOE Project Head Raja Amara on October 12, 2017 at Maravanthe Beach, Udupi District, Mangaluru.