New Delhi: At a time when nuclear crisis, emerging in tsunami-hit Japan has triggered a debate across the globe over the safety arrangements of the N-plants, the idea of adopting natural measures against such disasters have also gained importance.

In a similar effort, eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan has suggested the government to encourage the growth of mangroves along the nuclear power plants located along the coast such as Kalpakkam and Kudankulam, so as to protect Indian nuclear reactors from the fury of tsunamis.

In a letter to Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, Swaminathan, a member of parliament (MP) has made recommendations to grow Mangroves and similar other ‘bio-shields’ along the coast adjoining the atomic energy installations.

“Dense mangrove forests can reduce the impact of the oncoming waves during tsunami,” said Dr Swaminathan, former President of the Okinawa based International Society for Mangrove Ecosystem.

He further appealed to declare such areas as Critically Vulnerable Coastal Areas.

During the tsunami that had struck the Indian coast in 2004, many coastal communities had observed that dense mangrove forests had served as a speed-breaker for the catastrophic waves and thus lowered their effect. However, the tsunami that time had damaged Mangroves forests spread across 20 square kilometers in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

India is amongst those selected nations of the world where not much damage is caused to the Mangrove forests. Moreover, the area of mangrove forests in Gujarat is spread as wide as 55 square kilometers.

According to the Environment Ministry, the forest cover of Mangroves in the country is spread across 4,500 square kilometers.