Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy on Wednesday unveiled former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's memorial at Marina Beach.

Apart from CM Edappadi, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Tamil Nadu cabinet ministers, Speaker P Dhanapal, MLAs, MPS, and other dignitaries took part in the mega event.

Spread over 50,000 square feet, the structure is built at a cost of Rs 79.75 crore alongside the Marina Beach in Chennai.

The Palaniswami-led government in the State had taken possession of "Veda Nilayam" through a promulgated ordinance and after a 3-year legal battle with Jayalalitha's niece and nephew to convert the former CM's home into a memorial.

Close to 15,000 police personnel have been deployed near the Marina beach. Traffic arrangements have been made accordingly. The entire stretch of Kamarajar Salai from Light House to War Memorial has been shut for public use since 6 a.m. Commuters will be allowed to travel on that road only after the conclusion of the event.

The memorial is surrounded by manicured lush gardens and water cascades. A state-of-the-art museum and a knowledge park constructed at the northern and southern end of the building will be unveiled soon. Bust-size statues of MGR and Jayalalithaa have been set up at the entrance to welcome the visitors.

In other news, ousted AIADMK leader and J Jayalalithaa’s confidante VK Sasikala was also released from the Bengaluru prison today. Sasikala, who served a four-year prison term in a disproportionate assets case, last visited the Jayalalithaa memorial and took three vows before heading to the prison. Charges against Jayalalithaa were abated in view of her death on December 5, 2016.