Palaniswami unveils MGR centenary arch in Chennai

Chennai: A month after the Madras High Court gave its nod to the Tamilnadu government to go ahead with the unveiling of MGR Centenary Arch but without any fanfare or issues, Chief Minister K Palaniswami yesterday unveiled it on Kamaraj Salai. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and senior cabinet ministers were present during the function.

The structure has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 2.52 crore and is 66-feet wide and 52-feet tall. The AIADMK had proposed to build the arch to commemorate the birth centenary of the late chief minister MG Ramachandran. The foundation stone for the arch was laid in August 2018.

On 20 November, the Madras High Court allowed the Tamilnadu government to go ahead with the construction of the Arch but restrained from inaugurating it till a public interest litigation opposing it was disposed.

Last month, the matter had came up at the court and a bench headed by Justice M Sathyanarayanan had permitted the government to go ahead with the construction but asked it to opened without any fanfare or issues.