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Project will cover Bailur, Tumbebeela-Manki, Dhareshwara, Kadle-Birkodi and Gangekolli beach areas

India - Sand dunes to play protector to state’s coastline

The government will build sand dunes on 20 km of shoreline in Uttara Kannada district to protect beaches from rising sea levels, flooding, erosion and encroachment and to provide a wider beach for visitors for recreation, according to officials in the Public Works Ports and Inland Water Transport Department (PWC&WT).

Bengaluru: Karnataka has embarked on an ambitious project to develop artificial sand dunes and vegetation on select coastal stretches in the district of Uttara Kannada in an experiment officials believe the country has not seen before.

The government has taken up five lesser-known pristine beaches to transform them into “climate resilient beaches” under Sustainable Coastal Protection and Management Investment Programme, funded by the Asian Development Bank.

The government will build sand dunes on 20 km of shoreline in Uttara Kannada district to protect beaches from rising sea levels, flooding, erosion and encroachment and to provide a wider beach for visitors for recreation, according to officials in the Public Works Ports and Inland Water Transport Department (PWC&WT). The project will cover Bailur, Tumbebeela-Manki, Dhareshwara, Kadle-Birkodi and Gangekolli beach areas.

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