Due to the Metro Rail construction, the Gandhi statue at Marina Beach will be shifted to another location.
Story so far: The iconic Gandhi statue will be temporarily relocated to facilitate the Metro Rail construction. Authorities have already barricaded a nearly 1 km long stretch near the statue for soil testing.
- The Metro will have the underground Lighthouse station as part of phase 2 of the Chennai Metro. The beach stretch is part of the 5.15 km route from the Lighthouse to Bharathidasan Road station.
- This is part of the Porur to Poonamallee route on corridor 4. The first part of this is slated to open by 2025.
Benefit: While the statue won’t be at its usual place for a few years, the metro line is expected to benefit residents in Porur and Mylapore who want to take a direct train to the beach.
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