Chennai lighthouse reopened to public after 22 years

T. E. Raja Simhan Chennai | Updated on November 14, 2013


It was a perfect gift for children on Children’s day. The lighthouse on the Marina beach was thrown open to public after a gap of 22 years.

It was closed following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

The 45.72 m tall Madras lighthouse was inaugurated in 1977 by the then Union Shipping Minister G.S. Dhillon.

The present Shipping Minster G.K. Vasan today opened the renovated lighthouse, which has a museum dedicated to the history of navigational aids.

A viewing gallery with a capacity for 30 people on top of the tower gives a bird’s view of the world’s second largest beach and the city.

The lighthouse will be open on all days, except Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 pm and between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In February 2011, Vasan had launched a programme to promote lighthouse tourism. Under this, out of the 180 lighthouses in the country, 15 lighthouses, including Chennai and Mamallapuram, were identified.

Published on November 14, 2013

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