July 1, 2022

The set up of the Cyclone Warning Dissemination Tower (CWDT) at Agonda is ready to be additional delayed as pre-monsoon rains and the excessive tide have flooded the inspiration, which is in shut proximity to the Lifeguard Tower at Agonda seaside.

In keeping with reviews, the state authorities had set a deadline of October 2020 to put in 39 early CWDTs throughout the coastal belt. Whereas work to put in a few of these towers started as late as April, the mission in some areas was shelved as a consequence of public opposition.

Work on one such CWDT started at a snail’s tempo at Agonda and a water pump was used to pump out water from the deep pit excavated to put the inspiration of the tower.

“Nonetheless, pre-monsoon rains and excessive tide seawater have stuffed the pit with water, additional delaying concrete work,” stated a supply.

In keeping with authorities reviews, 39 towers (19 in North and 20 in South) have been to be put in throughout the State’s shoreline with completely different heights starting from 5 mtrs, 10 mtrs to fifteen mtrs, underneath the Water Sources Division at a price of Rs 18 crore, as a part of the Nationwide Cyclone Threat Mitigation mission.

In keeping with Agonda Sarpanch Badal Naikgaonkar, the CWDT, which might present a lift to the villagers, significantly the fishing group, is being arrange by the federal government with out acquiring the panchayat’s NOC on Agonda seaside.

“There may be solely receipt for about Rs 50,000 to the panchayat,” he stated.

By the way, the residents of Velsao-Pale-Isorcim at their gram sabha had just lately opposed the set up of a CWDT, claiming that the IMD is already intimating then about climate and cyclonic situations of the ocean.

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The World Financial institution, as a financier of the mission, has supplied Rs 108 crore to the State authorities underneath the Nationwide Cyclone Threat Mitigation mission for the three-layer mission, which consists of set up of cyclone towers, constructing of shelter properties throughout cyclone and underground laying of electrical energy cable.

In keeping with reviews, round Rs 33 crore can be spent on laying underground energy cables within the coastal belt.

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Revealed on: Saturday, Might 21, 2022, 01:16 PM IST