RO-PAX Jetty Project on Odisha’s Dhamra river
Under the Sagarmala Project, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has approved Rs 50.30 crore for a project to connect Kanini in Bhadrak and Talchua in Kendrapara district of Odisha. The remaining 50 percent of the cost of this project will be provided by the Government of Odisha.
Under this project, construction of all-weather working ro pex (roll-on / roll-off passenger) bridges , development of parking area, navigational support and dredging are included in Kanini and Talchua.
Commercial activities and the economic condition of the region will also improve by this bridge (Jetty Project),
This project will drastically reduce travel time. The bridge’s contact points lie on the southern and northern banks of the Dhamra River.
- The river Dhamra flows in Bhadrak district of Odisha state, India. It is a combined stream formed by the confluence of the Baitarani and Brahmani rivers, which fall into the Bay of Bengal.
- Dhamra harbor is situated to the north of the Dhamra River, and Gahirmatha Beach to the south, which is famous for nesting site of the Olive Ridley Turtle.
- Gahiramatha Sanctuary and Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary are located at the mouth of the Dhamra River. A launch center of DRDO, Wheeler Island is also located at the mouth of the Dhamra.
- It is the most important habitat of the Olive Ridley sea turtles species.The Gahiramatha beach separates the Bhitarkanika Mangroves from the Bay of Bengal and is the world’s most important nesting beach for olive ridley turtles.
- Olive Ridley is also known as ‘Pacific Olive Ridley Sea Turtles’. Which are mainly found in the warm waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. They are non-vegetarian in nature.
- The Red List released by the IUCN lists the Olive Ridley sea turtles as a “Vulnerable” species. They are placed under Schedule 1 of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
- Olive Ridley turtles pass through the shores of Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh in India, and lay eggs on Gahirmatha Beach in Odisha during their journey of thousands of kilometers.It is noteworthy that turtles are capable of breeding only after about 30 years.
Bhitarkanika National Park
Bhitarkanika National Park is located in Kendrapara district of Odisha state of India. It was granted the status of Ramsar site on 19 August 2002. In Odisha, this is the second Ramsar site after Chilka Lake.The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is to its east.
Source – PIB