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Poor lighting and patrolling mark Injambakkam and Kottivakkam beaches at night, LIFFY THOMAS finds out during a stroll

The Palavakkam beach does not offer benches and walker's path to visitors.Photo: M. Karunakaran
The Palavakkam beach does not offer benches and walker's path to visitors.Photo: M. Karunakaran

The rolling waves of the Injambakkam beach is so tempting that S. Gunasekaran’s children refuse to leave the water, but the setting sun plays the spoil sport.

Packing up before dark is a rule Gunasekaran strictly follows whenever he brings his family to the beach. “The beach is lovely, it’s less crowded than Marina and Elliot’s, but I am afraid to stay beyond 6.30 p.m. as the lighting is poor,” says this resident of Medavakkam. It is almost two years since the Chennai Corporation added 10 new beaches to its list, but a lot needs to be done to improve the safety and amenities on the sandy coastline. For a number of people from Tambaram and adjoining neighbourhoods, these beaches are close by and thereforea quickly accessible relaxation spot. With better lighting, the beach could draw a bigger evening crowd. At Injambakkam beach, two high masts light up one stretch of the beach, but residents say it was installed by a private beach resort, which also has a life guard who ensures visitors' safety.

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