Marina to become tourist-friendly!
As a part of linking the State’s beaches to the Swadesh Darshan scheme of the Central government the Marina is all set to get a makeover with new attractions, including a light and sound show, narrating the historical, cultural and civic uniqueness of Chennai. The Swadesh Darshan scheme offers to fund for development of tourism infrastructure. The first phase will be restricted to the development of the Marina alone. The beach makeover will be restricted to the 3.1 km stretch from Light House to the mouth of the Cooum. ‘We may shift the existing structures on the beach, including toilets’ said an official. The first phase of the project may cost around Rs 50 crore.
Officials of the Chennai Corporation will hold a meeting with tourism department officials to discuss key aspects of the project. Various kinds of tourism-friendly infrastructure will be introduced on the Marina to improve aesthetics and attract tourists in tune with civic and social aspects of the city.
‘The infrastructure on the beach will be redesigned to entertain and educate children. The light and sound show will narrate tales recounting the city’s history in an attractive way’, explained an official.
In order to attract tourists the Corporation is planning to focus on keeping the area clean devoid of waste.
The earlier proposal of the Corporation to give a facelift to the southern part of the Marina and Neelankarai, Palavakkam and Kottivakam was shelved following opposition from fishermen and environment activists.