Grandma's Tales

May 17, 2007

The Elliot’s beach saga – 12 Something happened yesterday

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Government,Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 8:23 am

Here’s a report in today’s The Hindu
in which this paragraph appears.
Beach beautification
The Minister also emphasised the early execution of beach beautification schemes for the Marina, Edward Elliots, Thiruvanmiyur, and the stretch around and opposite Fort St. George. In a day or two, the Chennai Corporation will float bids for the stretch opposite the Fort.
Next month, tenders for Marina and Edward Elliots will be invited. By the middle of July, Thiruvanmiyur will be taken up. The schemes will be completed in three months. Noting that Rs. 25 crore has been allocated for the schemes, the official hopes that eventually, the cost will be less.

Asks Mr. Raghavan:
Does this hurry mean that the Elliott Beach will be “beautified” regardless of our objections or that a revised plan as suggested is ready?
S. Raghavan
[Deputy Director-General of Meteorology (Retired)
Consultant to Indian Space Research Organisation]
15/16, Bayline Apts.,
2nd Cross St.,
Radhakrishnan Nagar, Chennai – 600041, India
Phone: + 91 44  24522228
Mobile: + 91 94443 86928

(Please note change in door number)
Any suggestions?


  1. good to see people atleast want to clean the place….the other i went to besant nagar beach,it was as dirty as it can place to sit at all and every where you see stalls…..

    first before we waste money i think we should try and install a sense of at least being clean(if not a sense of cleanliness) into the society……it is easily said than done…no use just wasting money……

    if you ask me the best solution would be to let the people themselves do it….and maybe sanction a few hotels,to build some kinda good place to eat near the shore… i know there is the danger of tsunami…but it is a question of what we want…when we have quality hotels taking care of things…people become prudent if not conscious of what they do….

    Comment by vishesh — May 17, 2007 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

  2. Hi vishesh, please read all the posts on this to get a comprehensive view of what’s going on. The corporation wants a whole lot of brick-and-mortar construction (see the board above the gym) on this small beach. We asked the commissioner about the plans to clean up and he said it would be left to private contractors. We want a comprehensive beach plan that takes care of the hawkers’ need for a livelihood, the sea turtles that come to lay eggs, rights of the people living across and the necessity to keep the beach clean. Our architect proposed a plan that incorporated all this. In fact, she had excellent plans to reclaim the beach (demolish illegal structures)and regulate the hawkers and the traffic. Sigh!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 17, 2007 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  3. that will be good…sorry i dint see the full thing….

    i remember about the turtles…i have been there on a turtle walk…the main problem is that the turtles get attracted to the street light….that is one of the main reasons i understand for them to dig the eggs out and bury them in the this also taken into account??

    Comment by vishesh — May 17, 2007 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  4. Great vishesh! I too went on one of those walks and came away absolutely fascinated. One of the demands we made was that all the billboards facing the beach should go. Their lights attract the poor hatchlings and they move toward the road. The point is: if the corporation built playgrounds and an amphitheatre, and develped lawns inside the beach area, it would mean more lights, more hawkers and more noise. We want the beach to be cleaned thoroughly. We want awareness campaigns on the turtles. We want to tell the hawkers to serve water in paper cups and make the beach plastic-free. We want the beach to be a simple beach – just the sand, sea and the sun. And at night, quiet. It’s a small beach, we do not need a resort here.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 17, 2007 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

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