Lights up maritime historical past | Chennai Information

Round 150 years upcoming the British landed in Madras, they realised they nonetheless hadn’t discovered a strategy to establish the patch as a port. So, in 1796, they all set about development the primary lighthouse within the town, saidmaritime historian, the overdue D Hemchandra Rao, in his keep ‘Madras Exchange Light House’.
The lighthouse, constructed at Castle St George, was once 90 ft grand and had 12 oil wicks and mirrors for mirrored image.The British went directly to create two alternative lighthouses within the Madras top courtroom premises, which are actually forgotten.
There are countless alternative lighthouses reminiscent of this one around the nation that need to be upheld and whose historical past must be instructed. It’s with this attempt that the Union ministry of ports, delivery and waterways has earmarked 75 lighthouses from around the nation for tourism building, out of which 13 are in Tamil Nadu. As a part of the initiative, ₹6.5 crore has been allocated to the surrounding tourism section which is revamping 11 lighthouses and making them extra out there to the bodily challenged.
“Some have museums, gardens and play areas, which have increased footfalls. Now we are adding gazebos and manicured walkways to up the tourism potential of these lighthouses. In Mamallapuram, tourists will soon witness sound-and light shows,” says Ok Karthik Chensundar, director of the directorate of lighthouses and lightships, Chennai.
“People need to think about the range of connections they have had with the sea, which is often forgotten,” says Radhika Seshan, retired tutor of the section of historical past on the Savitribai Phule College, Pune. “We tend to talk about the sea only in terms of shipping, trade, and the fishing community. We forget about the lighthouse that is a beacon in a whole lot of ways.”
Radhika, who specialises in maritime historical past, says despite the fact that western lighthouses are actually constructed over rocks, TN’s Olakkanesvara lighthouse, constructed centuries in the past over a rock was once forward of its generation in the case of structure and maritime methodology. “Our country is rich in maritime history and it needs to be made more accessible to people.”
“These unique structures are also a symbol of the spirit of a country and the strength and longevity of its trading practices. We hope to showcase that with the initiative,” says Karthik.

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