Chennai Corporation removes encroachments near ‘Namma Chennai’ artwork on Marina Beach


Selfie enthusiasts will have a better view of the sea; smart carts ready to replace old kiosks

The Greater Chennai Corporation has started removing structures that are believed to have emerged as horrors to visitors to the Marina Beach.

The city authorities have ordered the removal of small shops on the beach of the marina near the “Namma Chennai” artwork. The artwork symbolizes the city and is expected to attract many visitors after its inauguration by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami this month.

“We have removed all stores near the artwork. After the encroachments are removed, Namma Chennai’s selfie point will benefit from better visibility. Those who take a selfie near Namma Chennai’s artwork will have a better view of the beach and the sea, ”an official said. “We don’t want encroachments to be captured in every selfie taken by residents near the artwork,” the official said.

Push for smart carts

A senior company official said the smart carts will replace any stores that have ruined the aesthetics of the Marina Beach. The first batch of smart shops was expected shortly.

Only 47 sellers on the marina beach submitted applications on Monday. On Tuesday, 52 beach vendors submitted smart cart allocation requests.

Up to 12,465 applications have been distributed to date.

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