The Madras High Court directed the city Corporation to install two of 900 Watts LED floodlights, the installation of which was kept pending owing to the model code of conduct. The order came after recording the clearance granted by the Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority and Director of Environment.
The Coastal Zone Authority had accorded clearance for lighting the Marina and relaying the loop road with cement concrete without extending its width and beautification such as gallery, planter box, seaside footpath, ornamental items and with the existing lighting arrangements. During the turtle nesting period from December to February every year, the streetlights should be switched of from 11 pm to 5 am.
On the batch of writ petitions seeking the regulation of street vendors in Marina beach, as the vendors’ association had objected to the clause that the shops would be permitted to be opened between 4 pm and 9pm, Additional Advocate General SR Rajagopal informed the bench that the shops would be permitted to be opened from 2 pm to 9 pm, with a grace time of half an hour if required.
The bench recorded the association’s consent as well as zone-wise allotment and allocation of 48 square feet of space for each shop. The association also consented that they would bring only push carts and would not make any temporary or permanent structure on the beach. Thereafter, the bench granted time to the AAG to work out the details of the number of shops to be accommodated, the location, the way the shops would be arrayed and usage of LPG cylinders.