CHENNAI: India’s first permanent ramp for persons with disability was inaugurated at Marina beach by Chepauk MLA Udhayanidhi Stalin along with Municipal Administration and Water Supply Minister KN Nehru, Health Minister Ma Subramanian, Chennai Mayor R Priya, Deputy Mayor M Magesh Kumar on Sunday.
The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) had allocated Rs 1.14 crore under the Singara Chennai 2.0 project. The 263-metre long and 3-meter-wide pathway has been built opposite Vivekananda House in Marina.
Handrails are placed throughout the ramp to help the differently abled and senior citizens. Openings are provided at every 10 meters to allow people to enter or exit the ramp as per their convenience.
After discussion with the experts the ramp was constructed made of babool, red maranthi and Brazilian wood, which are water resistant and will not be damaged due to rain and CCTV cameras will be installed soon., said GCC Commissioner, Gagandeep Singh Bedi.
The viewpoint is set at a 10-meter distance from the sea.
The conservancy staff will clean the ramp daily, and if there is any repair it will be fixed immediately.
The civic body authorities have set up a shelter with 20 wheelchairs arranged for the disabled persons.
A temporary toilet is set up for differently abled people in Marina, and a permanent toilet will be constructed soon.