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Presidency College ground ideal for Kannagi statue: panel

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI JUNE 15. An expert committee, formed to finalise a suitable spot for `reinstallation' of the Kannagi statue on the Marina beach here submitted a list of six possible venues to the Madras High Court on Tuesday. Significantly, all the recommended locations lie on the other side of Kamarajar Salai. (The statue was earlier standing on the beach side).

The committee said the `most suitable location' was the southern extremity of the Presidency College playground. The `next-best location' was the northern end of the playground.

Noting that the availability of land, prominence, approach, traffic suitability and law and order perception were taken into account, the report claimed that reinstallation of the statue on the playground would not hamper sports activities there.

The erstwhile location--from where the statue was removed `to save it from further damage caused by a weakening of the pedestal'--was a `T' junction and was most unsuitable from the point of traffic. ``It is a potential accident spot and contributes to traffic congestion'', the report said.

Moreover, the newly-laid temporary road at the spot could be effectively used for easing congestion on Kamarajar Salai.

Processions and slow-moving vehicles could be diverted on the new road without any adverse bearing on the traffic on the beach road, it said. The new road would also provide an additional parking facility for vehicles.

The panel, comprising the Chennai Police Commissioner, K. Vijay Kumar, the former Corporation Commissioner, P.R. Sampath, the then Director of the Information and Public Relations, D. Jothi Jagarajan, the Director of the Highways Research Station, S. Saravanavel, and R. Jayakar David Livingstone of the PWD, was formed on December 20, 2001.

The First Bench comprising the Chief Justice B. Subhashan Reddy and Justice D. Murugesan posted the matter to June 18 for final hearing.

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