Chennai: The city is famous for its beach, reputedly the second longest in the world. Besides the white sands of the Marina there are also other attractions on the stretch of Kamaraj Salai, that is bedecked by ancient buildings on one side and the sands on the other.
Long before the sands run out near the Iron Bridge there is an equally famous tourist spot at which many people from Tamil Nadu congregate.
There is a brand new feel now to that place, which is the MGR memorial that pays homage to a long serving Chief minister who began life as a matinee idol.
On Sunday morning, the Chief minister J. Jayalalithaa was present along with her Cabinet colleagues to inaugurate the renovated memorial of AIADMK’s founder, the late MG Ramachandran.
After the refurbishing which cost Rs 8 crore, the memorial sports a majestic entrance with a bronze statue of the winged horse Pegasus in front of the AIADMK symbol of two leaves.
Lush green Korean grass is easy on the feet at a memorial that has the highest footfall on the seafront.
A variety of exotic plants lend a relaxed green ambience while a granite platform shaped like a massive guitar has an overpowering presence.
A waterscaping fountain adds colour and atmosphere to the place, which is also designed to be easy on disabled visitors who have been provided steel grips along the granite platforms for easy movement.
The major contours of the refurbishing project were personally overseen by the charismatic protégé and political heir of MGR, Ms Jayalalithaa.