Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday directed the officials to take immediate steps to carry out maintenance works in the ancient lighthouse (built in 1844) located on the premises of Madras High Court.
An official release here said since any maintenance work on the premises of the Madras High Court is done only after getting permission from the buildings committee headed by Judge P Jothimani, the CM has directed the officials to get the approval of the committee and undertake maintenance works of the ancient lighthouse.
The lighthouse was constructed in 1844 and the Central government was taking care of the maintenance of this structure until the lighthouse on Marina was opened in 1977. Later, the Centre had given up maintenance works on this ancient structure on Madras HC premises. On knowing that the ancient structure has been lying uncared for, the CM directed the officials to carry out maintenance works with immediate effect.