To regulate parking and to restrict the entry of vehicles into Marina Beach, the Chennai Corporation will install drop gates at seven entry points on the beach’s service lane.
The measure is being taken after the civic body received a request from the police, who said the stretch on Kamarajar Salai had become congested and difficult to regulate as lakhs of people visit the beach every day.
The drop gates will facilitate crowd control and help police prevent vehicles from entering Marina’s service lane late at night. The police will also use the gates to curtail anti-social activity along the lane and prevent other law and order problems including issues caused by bike racing, officials said. The Corporation is also planning to use the facility to generate revenue.
According to civic body officials, the gates will be set up at the following points: near the PWD Building, Subash Chandra Bose statue, Dr. Annie Besant statue, Vivekanandar Illam, Avvaiyar statue, Veeramamunivar statue and the lighthouse.
The drop gates are also likely to be used to restrict the entry of vehicles during an emergency. The Corporation has called for a tender to set up the facility on the stretch from Labour statue to Foreshore Estate.