The permanent route will be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday, November 27.
A permanent pathway for the disabled and senior citizens at Chennai’s Marina Beach will be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday, November 27. Work on the ramp, which is 263 meters long and 3 meters wide, began in June and Rs 1.14 crore was spent on it, according to a report by The New Indian Express.
While temporary ramps have been in place since 2016, activists have been calling for a permanent structure for many years. Since 1998, there have been talks to establish a permanent structure for the benefit of persons with disabilities (PwD). While the ramp was originally planned to be placed near the Gandhi statue, it was moved to facilitate metro work in the area, the report added.
The corporation initially planned to use geosynthetic material as it would not be damaged by rains. However, the plan was changed as campaigners said the wooden ramps were easier for disabled people.
According to the Greater Chennai Corporation, the structure was built using babool, red maranti and Brazilian wood. For the convenience of the public, railings have been installed along the entire route to provide support for the elderly. In addition, openings have been provided every 10m to allow people to enter/exit the ramp as per their convenience. The observation point is almost 10m away from the sea.
“This initiative enables the entire community to gain access to a scenic view of the beach and enjoy the breeze from a safe and comfortable location,” Chennai Corporation said in a statement.
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