Judge who authored Marina makeover bids adieu. Chennaiites will remember Justice Kothari for the active role he, along with Justice R Suresh Kumar, played in making the Chennai corporation regulate the pushcart vendors of the Marina beach, and the proposed removal of fish vendors on Loop Road off the Light House, and restoration of the Broken Bridge.

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Judge who authored Marina makeover bids adieu

Justice Vineet Kothari
CHENNAI: Seniormost judge of the Madras high court, Justice Vineet Kothari, who authored several landmark verdicts and headed a bench that ensured the welcome makeover of Marina beach and restoration of the Broken Bridge, was given a farewell by the Madras Bar on Saturday.
Justice Kothari, who was first appointed judge in Rajasthan high court in 2005 and was transferred to Karnataka in 2016 and then to the Madras high court in November 2018, had two brief stints as acting chief justice of the chartered high court. Now, he has been transferred to the Gujarat high court.

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Chennaiites will remember Justice Kothari for the active role he, along with Justice R Suresh Kumar, played in making the Chennai corporation regulate the pushcart vendors of the Marina beach, and the proposed removal of fish vendors on Loop Road off the Light House, and restoration of the Broken Bridge.
It was only after the intervention of the bench headed by Justice Kothari through a PIL, that the corporation took active steps to regulate vending in the beach by restricting their numbers to 900.
Justice Kothari also gave a new lease of life to the ‘Broken Bridge’ which once ran parallel to Santhome high road, connecting Foreshore Estate with Besant Nagar.

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Though the corporation initially took a stand that only a pedestrian-cum-cyclist bridge can be constructed replacing the broken bridge, it later altered its stand in view of the suggestions made by the bench headed by Justice Kothari.

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Light rain, misty mornings in Chennai for two days, says IMD

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CHENNAI: The city is set to receive light rain accompanied by misty mornings for the next two days. Sunday is likely to be a cool and cloudy day. As per the IMD forecast, “Light to moderate rain is likely to occur in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 28°C and 24°C.”
The city experienced a misty Saturday up to noon with light rain due to a combination of factors such as high humidity, a cloudy sky and cold wind from the north. The prevailing mist helped pull down the maximum temperature to 26°C.
A met department official clarified that the city didn’t experience fog. “It is misty and cloudy weather… But, there wasn’t much rain due to the cloudy weather and drop in temperature. Fog, which forms during nights and early mornings when the sky is clear, will set in by mid-January. We usually have a few foggy days close to January 14,” the official said.
He added that with the difference between the maximum and minimum temperature reducing, the days are likely to be similar to weather at hill stations.
The visibility at the airport was up to 1,500m on Saturday and increased to 4,000m later in the forenoon. The mist did not affect flights or trains.
Private weather bloggers forecast good rain this month for the city and other parts of the state as part of the northeast monsoon. The light rain on Saturday is considered the beginning of a spell, likely to last the next couple of days.
The IMD forecast heavy rain with thunder particularly in Puducherry and Karaikal. The rain will impact the weather in Chennai and its southern suburbs. The city has received surplus rain of 33% so far via the northeast monsoon.

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