In­dia's coast­line erod­ing much faster

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - GOV­ERN­MENT AGEN­CIES

in charge of coastal man­age­ment have raised alarm over the rapid ero­sion of In­dia's coast­line. Ac­cord­ing to stud­ies by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Sus­tain­able Coastal Man­age­ment (NCSCM), which comes un­der the Union Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Forests and Cli­mate Change, over 40 per cent of the coast is erod­ing at a much higher rate than pre­vi­ously es­ti­mated. This is go­ing to put at risk over 250 mil­lion peo­ple who live in coastal ar­eas and over 10 mil­lion fish­er­folk who de­rive their liveli­hood from the coast.

R Ramesh, direc­tor of NCSCM, says it is time all agen­cies and peo­ple con­cerned tack­led the prob­lem ur­gently. "This level of ero­sion is a cause of con­cern, not only be­cause it is higher than pre­vi­ously es­ti­mated but also be­cause it calls for the need to ad­dress ba­sic is­sues," says Ramesh.

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