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The Result of Pondicherry Beach Restoration project (Beach Nourishment & Submerged Reef) July 2021


People Enjoying The Pondicherry Sand Beach 

Reef Positioning

The coastline of Puducherry and the neighboring Tamil Nadu coastline have suffered from severe coastal erosion due to natural and anthropogenic activities. Short term measures like Seawalls and Groin field were attempted by Puducherry government but the erosion problem shifted further north, with increased intensity. Detailed shoreline management plan was prepared using satellite data and process based measurements covering two predominant seasons (SW and NE Monsoons).

On Shore Reef Process

As part of this plan Puducherry government has implemented the beach nourishment scheme along 500m coast line using 50,000 m3 of dredged sand from harbour mouth. The nourishment resulted in gaining of beach to an extent of 60m near Puducherry Light House and Puducherry New Pier. 

Transporting Dredging Material to Pondicherry Beach 

Based on the learning from experimental beach nourishment, process based measurements and numerical studies; proposal for two reefs along with beach nourishment is made. Methodology for implementation of beach nourishment along with design beach profiles was arrived and this indicates an immediate requirement of 0.5 million m3 of sand for nourishment.

Artificial Nourishment

Various configurations of offshore retaining structures are studied to increase the life of the nourished beach and minimize the effect of erosion on the north side. Implementation of proposed hybrid solution (Beach Nourishment and two Reefs) not only protects the coast but also restores the beach, which was lost.

Dredging at Port

The proposed scheme was reviewed by an international consultant. The northern Reef will be implemented by MoES and the Southern Reef along with beach Nourishment will be implemented by Puducherry Government.

Plan of this Project

Now Pondicherry Beach

Pondicherry Beach July 2021

Photographs by Pondicherry Arun

Brief Video About this Project

Video by NIOT (Nation Instituteof Ocean Technology)

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