While the Madras High Court approved only 900 shops on the beach, the association claimed there were 1,990 shops that have registered as its members. “As per the government order on street vendors in 2015, the Corporation issued identity cards to the vendors on the beach. The Commissioner had told on December 18, 2018, that 1,544 vendors there had been issued identity cards. Though it has not issued ID cards for all members of the association, the Corporation issued a notification seeking application for setting up new shops. This will affect the livelihood of the vendors on the beach,” said Ramesh, one of the coordinators of the association.