He appointed Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman M T Krishna Babu as co-ordinator of the committee, while representatives from the National Institute of Ocean Technology, National Institute of Oceanography, Andhra Pradesh State Remote Sensing Applications Centre, Andhra University (Visakhapatnam), IIT Chennai and various ports would be a part of the panel, a state government release said.
    
Sea erosion has been wearing coastal land away and beach or dune sediments have been removed due to action of sea waves, tidal currents, wave currents or high winds, the release said.
    
Oceanography experts informed the AP Chief Minister that erosion has been taking place at an unprecedented rate during the past year and that the next 20 years would witness drastic changes, it said.
    
Keeping this in view, the AP Chief Minister directed officials to monitor the changes continuously and come up with effective solutions, it said.
    
"He added that DELFT University in Netherlands is an institution studying coastal erosion. We could bring in experts from the university and work with them to combat beach erosion," Naidu said, according to the release.
    
The AP Chief Minister ordered officials to work on strengthening beach boundaries from Rushikonda to Visakhapatnam city.

Experts told the AP Chief Minister that at 172 sites along the coast between Kerala and Kolkata, erosion has been taking place at a dangerous rate. While some places have been heavily eroded, others have been witnessing heavy deposits of sand, they said.
        
The AP Chief Minister said that officials should instill confidence among people who have suffered a double whammy due to Cyclone 'Hudhud' in October last year as well as coastal erosion.
    
Citing Singapore's example, he said, "The city state has been successful in reclaiming land from the sea but we are unable to protect our natural sea coast."

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