Issue No. 330, January 2017
New hope for our beaches?
Beach erosion has very badly affected some of our beach communities for the past decade. In Auroville Today we have reported a number of times on the problem as well as on proposals to solve or mitigate it, but so far, apart from research, very little has been done on the ground. Now, due to various factors, there may be a little light at the end of the tunnel. In 1986, a new harbour was built in Pondicherry. The breakwaters of the harbour disrupted the natural flow and movement of sand in the sea resulting, for much of the year, in an accumulation of sand to the south of the harbour but widespread erosion to the north. While the new harbour was equipped with a sand by-passing system to compensate for the disrupted flow, this system never operated well or for long periods. Due to the erosion, within a few years the Pondicherry beaches north of the harbour had completely disappeared. The municipality responded by building sea-walls and...