Puri/Brahmagiri, Apr 17: A new mouth is expected to open near Rajhans between the sea and Chilika Lake in Krushnaprasad block due to the Malaysian ship’s container which is stranded since August 2019.
If the mouth is opened, it is estimated that about 10,000 people in coastal villages will be in danger. Tourism is also expected to be affected badly.
On April 15, Brahmagiri MLA Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra visited the spot and took stock of the situation. Later, the MLA has written to Puri District Magistrate Balwant Singh urging to make the area safe.
The area is under close surveillance of the Arakhkuda Marine Police Station, the District Magistrate said.
Study has shown that there is a lower risk of opening of mouth. However, locals have suspected that the mouth may be formed due to the Malaysian ship’s container which has been stranded due to technical fault.
“Arrangements were made to remove the container. However, due to the lockdown, the work has been stopped. After the lockdown, the container will be removed after contacting with the owner of the ship and the Malaysian government. If necessary, arrangements will be made by our government to remove the container through the contractor. The public should not be worried about the mouth,” said Singh.