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Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
India has opened the famous lighthouse in Chennai, Tamil Nadu overlooking the Marina beach for visitors after being closed for 22 years and plans to do so with other similar structure along its coastal.
Marina Beach is the second longest in the world.
Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Shipping Minister G K Vasan opened the 46-metre tall heritage structure, the first spot of sight for mariners approaching the commercial capital of south India from the Bay of Bengal.
The lighthouse was closed for visitors following security threats during the early 1990s.
The triangular structure which had been functioning since 1977 is located very close to Tamil Nadu’s Director General of Police Office, Forensic Laboratory, All India Radio and holy shrine of Santhome Basilica.
Security arrangements have been made with cameras and smoke detectors installed at various spots and trained personnel deployed on Kamarajar Road where the lighthouse is located.
Stainless steel fences have also been erected on the 10th floor up to where visitors are allowed.
Vasan said the ministry has shortlisted 15 lighthouses including Mamallapuram, Marakkanam, Kanyakumari and Rameswaram to be turned into tourist attractions.
“The Mamallapuram lighthouse will open in January next year and Marakkanam lighthouse on Nov 30,” he said.