October 7, 2022


Creating Possibilities

8 beach locations in Chennai to be revitalised

Chennai Metropolitan Growth Authority has commenced the process of improvement of character trails and esplanades

Chennai Metropolitan Enhancement Authority has started the procedure of improvement of nature trails and esplanades

The Chennai Metropolitan Enhancement Authority (CMDA) has began the procedure of growth of nature trails and esplanades alongside 8 shorelines.

Following a recent government order for re-nourishment and revitalisation of the town seashores, the Higher Chennai Company Council on Saturday talked over different elements of the job alongside the beaches. It was determined that a workforce of civic officers and councillors would examine the stretch from Besant Nagar on Monday.

Councillors of 16 wards in the coastal zones of Teynampet, Adyar, Perungudi and Sholinganallur have started conversing to residents’ associations about the proposals. General public consultations are predicted to be carried out for the ₹100-crore challenge at some spots.

Housing and City Improvement Secretary Hitesh Kumar S. Makwana claimed, “We have produced proposals for 8 seashores. This is just a commencing, and we are conceptualising the notion. It may perhaps choose time. There are other areas than beaches.”

CMDA Member-Secretary Anshul Mishra reported the Unique Intent Motor vehicle made for the Chennai Shoreline Re-nourishment and Revitalisation (CSRR) Job was taking into consideration the revitalisation of the 31.6-km shoreline from the Marina to Kovalam and the linking of the fragmented stretches. “Beachfront places we are looking at include Marina to Besant Nagar, Elliot’s to Neelankarai, Neelankarai to Akkarai, Akkarai to Kanathur and Kanathur to Kovalam. Some of the shorelines we are searching at are Marina Beach, Broken Bridge, Elliot’s, Thiruvanmiyur, Neelankarai, Akkarai and Uthandi, and Muttukadu and Kovalam,” he claimed.&#13

“An overview of our proposals features eco-friendly infrastructure for preserving the ecology, like shore nourishments, ecosystem engineering like salt marshes, mangrove forest dunes,” said an official.

The project will contain natural environment defense by ecologically increased difficult options, which include vegetated revetments and the use of organic materials. Hybrid eco-friendly infrastructure — a mix of grey and eco-friendly infrastructure like a seawall with salt marshes — will be produced.

Esplanades and promenades are planned at sites that are inaccessible now but to be built obtainable by way of the task. “We will create a boardwalk, mother nature trails, shoreline parks, cycle-tracks, picket piers, wooden decks, ensuring universal access to all beaches. Basic facilities that are permitted under the Coastal Regulation Zone guidelines will be finalised, centered on community consultations,” the official claimed.

The shoreline is the space in between large tide line and small tide line, which is an intertidal zone. Intertidal zones have most of the ecologically delicate zones for olive ridley turtles and sand dunes. The undertaking addresses conservation of coastal strains like coastal erosion and accretion areas, which all arrive underneath the Coastal Regulation Zone-I group, officers mentioned.

The undertaking along the shoreline is intended to guard, maintain and conserve these sensitive areas in the metropolitan space to make a greater maritime ecosystem, which, in change, facilitates a nutritious beachfront as lively public spaces in the in the vicinity of future, officers extra.