Chennai: Walking along the famous Marina
beach will never be the same again for locals and tourists,
with viewing galleries, landscaping and fountains, created as
part of a beautification project, being thrown open to the
public by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi here today.
The entire 3.10 km stretch from Labour statue to the Light
House now sports a new look, with 14 galleries, a four metre
internal walkway along the sands and fountains. A high-tech
lighting arrangement has also been put in place to enable
visitors enjoy the scenic beauty of the beach at night.
Also on the anvil are facilities like parking areas,
creation of children`s playing area, facility for physically
challenged and setting up of a food court.
The city corporation has completed the Rs 25.92 crore
Corporation officials said the government had taken steps
to beautify the beach without affecting the existing ecosystem
and after eliciting views of all stakeholders.
The beach lost much of its beauty over the years due to
various reasons like pollution, prompting the government to
take up the beautification project. Use of plastics has been
banned in and around the Marina in a bid to keep it clean.
The state government has funded 75 per cent of the total
cost, including a Rs five crore grant by the Centre, while the
balance was met by the civic body.