CALANGUTE: Baga beach in the north has become another coastal stretch to be affected by sand erosion. Locals including the fishermen, shack owners and water sports boat operators have expressed concern over the damage the beach has suffered and called for immediate measures.
Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said it is a serious matter and that the National Institute of Oceanography should look into it and come out with a solution.
He said he will ask the water resources department to carry out inspection of the beach along with NIO officials so that a solution is arrived at to protect and preserve the beach.
Albert Fernandes, former sarpanch of Calangute, pointing that a retaining wall has washed away due to erosion, said villagers had witnessed such a situation some years back during tsunami and anyone visiting Baga will see the difference in the beach now.
Jose Fernandes, president of traditional fishermen at Baga, said that due to sand erosion it becomes difficult for the fishermen to navigate their boats along the creek.
Peter Carvalho, owner of a shack, said the stones that are seen on the beach are of the old retaining wall that had washed away many years ago.
Ronnie Fernandes, who runs water sports business, said that “due to sand erosion we have to operate our boats 80 meters from the beach and tourists have to wade through water during high tides to reach the boats.”