Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy on Tuesday told the Chennai Corporation Council that the civic body will soon beautify the Marina Beach. He said the civic body was presently conducting a study of the beach.

Once it is completed, a proposal would be prepared, estimates drawn and tenders called for. The Mayor said this beautification was necessary as the beach was in a bad condition and was being misused by vendors.

“There are over 1,500 vendors and we have identified some who own several shops. Many shops are not even being moved after the sales in the evening. We want to regulate the shops,” he said.

The Mayor, responding to a question raised by Councillor Srinivasan, said statues, including those of Mahatma Gandhi, Nethaji Subash Chandra Bose, Thiruvalluvar, Kambar, and Subramania Bharathiar, would be renovated using modern techniques.

This is yet another in a series of attempts to beautify the beach. The previous DMK regime had already spent Rs.25.92 crore on a similar beautification project, which was completed in December 2009.

The proposal for beautification was made by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in the budget speech of 2007-2008.

The master plan was prepared in June 2007 and the work started in February 2008.

The 3.1 km long beach, from Triumph of Labour Statue to Light House, had been divided into 14 landscaped galleries.

Apart from additional high mast lamps, 428 octagonal lights had also been erected.

The sand portion of the beach has been handed over to the Chennai Corporation by the Public Works Department.

Though a machine is used to clean the sand, glass pieces, stones, and plastics are found littered on the sands. The civic body had recently called for tenders for maintaining the beach.

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