Civic workers in multitudes backed by a large posse of police personnel began to dismantle and cart away all the makeshift stalls on one side of the Marina Loop Road on Wednesday morning.
They also employed JCBs to knock down and scoop up the bunk shops and makeshift huts.
This follows a part order by a Bench of Madras High Court hearing a petition that complains about the mess that the hawkers are creating on this road, hampering free flow of vehicles and causing accidents too.
The judges hearing this case asked Greater Chennai Corporation ( GCC) to evict all hawkers on the carriageway and report to it by April 18. They issued the direction on a suo motu public interest litigation petition taken up by the court.
The GCC was also asked to find out if the seafood stalls ( at south end of this road) had statutory licenses to cook and sell food and report this to the court and that it would then take a call on this issue.
This morning, while the fish hawker stalls that are raised on sand near the Light House were left untouched by civic workers, all the bunks and stalls on the other side of the road, adjoining the colonies, were removed.