division bench of Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R Suresh Kumar also expressed their disappointment on the corporation’s proposal to increase the number of licensed vendors to trade in Marina from 900 to 1,352. The issue pertains to regulating vending in Marina and relocating fishermen from the Loop Road to a proposed exclusive fish market in Nochi Kuppam.

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CITYWhy Rs 100, charge Marina hawkers Rs 5,000: Madras high court to Greater Chennai corporation
C Suresh Kumar | TNN | Updated: Jan 23, 2020, 7:54 IST






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Greater Chennai corporation wants to increase the number of licensed vendors on Marina from 900 to 1,352

CHENNAI: Shocked over the submission of Greater Chennai Corporation that it has planned to provide steel carts to licensed vendors in Marina at a monthly rent of Rs 100, the Madras high court said authorities must exhibit some sense in fixing such rents and made it clear that the carts should not be rented out for anything less than Rs 5,000 a month.
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A division bench of Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R Suresh Kumar also expressed their disappointment on the corporation’s proposal to increase the number of licensed vendors to trade in Marina from 900 to 1,352. The issue pertains to regulating vending in Marina and relocating fishermen from the Loop Road to a proposed exclusive fish market in Nochi Kuppam.

“The corporation of Chennai appears to have taken a decision to raise the number of shopping carts permitted in Marina beach from 900 to 1,352. This court had already expressed that even 900 is much higher. If more number of carts are allowed, it would lead to congestion in the beach,” the court said.
Directing the corporation to file a revised proposal for fixing monthly rent for the carts, the bench adjourned the hearing to January 29.
When the plea came up for hearing on Wednesday, additional advocate-general S R Rajagopal submitted that eviction of fishermen from Loop Road could be completed once the proposed market is established. As to constructing a footpath along the beach side of the road, the corporation is awaiting clearance from the Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority (TNSCZMA), he added.
Counsel for TNSCZMA submitted that the proposal has been forwarded to its Delhi office since guidelines framed by the National Green Tribunal prohibits any development in the sea side of the road.

However, expressing its dismay over refusal to grant clearance for the proposed footpath, the bench directed member-secretary of TNSCZMA M Jayanthi to appear before the court on January 29.

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