During monsoons, when the winds are strong and vigorous, Vizag beach and the surrounding beaches are prone to erosion. This happened in 2012 and 2015, and is happening yet again now since a few days.
With the coastal erosion continuing to happen, the administration closed down Rushikonda beach for tourists as a precautionary measure and put strict ban on people who are otherwsie flocking to the beach to watch erosion. The marine police have been informed not to allow any one near the beach. According to experts the beach erosion will continue until October. VSN Murthy, the principal scientist in-charge of National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) regional centre, Visakhapatnam said that the watch tower at Rushikonda Beach might be affected since it was constructed very close to the beach.
Explaining the reason for the erosion he shared – “Now there are long distance swells, bigger than the normal waves, which hit the beach. Other than Bay of Bengal, these waves are also travelling from Antarctica which carry a lot of energy.”
In fact the coastal areas which are usually crowded with people are prone to erosion, more so because they start encroaching upon the beach. According to a study it is but human intervention that increases the problem of erosion – The issue of beach erosion in Visakhapatnam is a good example of how the construction of harbor breakwaters and sea walls compound the problem of erosion.
In fact last year the Vizag beach had undergone erosion that led to collapse of walls, parks and electric poles, and there was a flurry of activity to protect the submarine museum on Ramakrishna beach.