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Tamil Nadu: TN government is building structures that are destroying Kovalam beach by Pooja Kumar April 04,2016   |  Source: The News Minute

Kovalam is a fishing hamlet 30 KM south of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Initially developed as a port town, Kovalam is famous for its beaches, particularly the natural bay formation of the coast and the sprawling sand dunes. Over the years, the beach stretches in Kovalam have witnessed an increase in built-up area that includes private housing, resorts and surf schools. An old fort on the beaches of Kovalam has been taken over by Taj Group of Hotels for its private beach resort, the Fishermen’s Cove. Sudden surge in coastal development, flattening of sand dunes, rising sea levels and an already eroding southern coastline has resulted in widespread beach erosion in Kovalam. In a bid to tackle the erosion, contractors employed by the Tamilnadu Fisheries Department are dumping large rocks to construct groynes in the Kovalam seas. Three groynes, approximately 800m long and 3m wide have been erected perpendicular to the coast, less than a kilometer from each other. One groyne has been constructed on the northern side of Taj Group’s beach resort Fishermen’s Cove and one groyne on the southern side. Construction of the third one further south is ongoing.

To facilitate the construction of these groynes, illegal roads have been constructed using bituminous waste and

 

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