The submission was made before a division bench comprising Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice MS Ramesh in a plea moved by Fishermen Care, the scope of which was extended to the beautification of Marina beach.
The bench led by Justice Vineet Kothari had raised the issue of reopening the beach during the past hearings and questioned the reason for delay when all other facilities including theatres have been opened to the public and normalcy returning on all fronts.
However, the bench, on noting that Marina beach should be given a facelift by New Year, sought the GCC to regularise the vendors on the beach, provide them new pushcarts and shift the fish sellers from the loop road.
Based on this, the bench also stayed a single judge’s order which had put on hold the tender process for the purchase of 900 pushcarts. It then directed GCC to go ahead with the tender process for the 900 pushcarts and finalise the contract before the next date of hearing on December 3.
The bench also directed Additional Advocate General SR Rajagopal, appearing for the GCC, to submit during the next hearing a complete work plan for the development of the Loop Road Fish Market, the footpath on seaside and Foot Over Bridge, based on the reports from other agencies like Anna University, M/s. STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd. and M/s. Land Tech Engineers Pvt. Ltd.