District administration bans sea bathing at Pentha beach

The pristine beach has turned unsafe for humans with a spurt in drowning cases, an official said.
District administration bans sea bathing at Pentha beach
Pentha beach

Kendrapara (Odisha)

The Kendrapara district administration, on Wednesday, enforced prohibitory orders under section 144 Crpc banning sea bathing along the 1.5 km long Pentha beach, a favourite destination for tourists.

The pristine beach has turned unsafe for humans with a spurt in drowning cases. Two students of private engineering colleges have met watery grave while taking a sea bath in the past week, an official said.

The beach at Pentha has been identified, as susceptible sea zones where sea-bath is of a risky proposition.

The prohibition is to ensure the safety of human lives, said Rajnagar Tehsildar, Loknath Sethi.

The seawater along the Pentha sea coast is rough and unsteady. Therefore it is unsafe to bathe here, he added.

It's a virgin beach situated amid idyllic surroundings. In the proximity of the tranquil beach, luxuriant mangrove and casiruana forest cover add to the attraction of the spot. It's an exciting eco-tourism spot.

The tourists are permitted to visit the place, but they are barred, from taking a plunge into the seawater, and any act of deviation will invite penal action against the offenders, he said. (PTI)

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