Sand erosion has been witnessed along the beach belt of Anjuna – Vagator, raising the need for measures to ensure ‘conservation’ of the belt.
According to locals, sand erosion had been earlier reported along the beach belt, however, this year the ‘impact’ is comparatively more – strong sea waves have washed away sand from the coast, and rocks which earlier could not be seen are now visible. The locals are concerned over the state Ozran and Vagator beaches this year, which earlier did not witness erosion of the sand to such an extent.
The local shack and restaurant operators have raised concern over the damage to the beach belt, stating that “this year, in view of the COVID pandemic they suffered losses, and now if the beach belt gets affected by the sand erosion then there will no option for them in the future.”
A local claimed that it is an annual phenomenon that occurs just before the monsoon, however, others raised concern over the state of the beach, with more and more sand getting washed away with the monsoon progressing.
Another local Sridhar Goletkar said that “this is for the first time that we have witnessed sand erosion at the Vagator beach. The beach stretch from helipad towards Ozran needs to be protected. The government should take corrective measures so that the sand erosion is controlled.”
Yet another local said that “sand erosion during the monsoon is an annual trend. After monsoon, the sand restoration takes place along the coastline.” When contacted, sarpanch Savio Almeida said, “we will conduct inspection of all beaches and see the impact, and accordingly will take up the issue with the concerned department.”