Skip to main content

SkyScrapers in Chennai

If you have watched a television screening any film that has been shot sometime in 1960 and portraying Chennai city, you can see them focussing Chennai on its erstwhile Mount Road (now Anna Salai) and particularly on the 14-storeyed Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) head office near Santhi theater complex. However, this situation is changing now.

This is not the only tall building now. Every corner you turn now in Chennai, you can find at least a minimum nine-floor building located starting from western end near the Chennai Airport towards the far east near Marina Beach or from ECR in the South to Minjur in the North or North West towards Tiruvellore. Real Estate and particularly industrialisation and constructions with multi-tenanted buildings have been a common figure in Chennai.

In one way, is our City capable of handing this tremendous growth of industrial development and population? This is one such question that needs an answer both from the district administration and from the people itself. The alarming rate in which the city swells both in its static and floating population presents and accompanies with it a lot of problems like traffic, ground water, atmosphere pollution, employment and basic amenities like hospital etc.

The lush green areas of Chennai are now a very rare scene since now the city has become a concrete jungle all over. With the expansion and tremendous growth of IT (Information Technology) industry, the number of skyscrapers hosting and serving as IT Parks are also on a fast paced growth. Small industries are selling off to property developers and large scale IT parks are developed. One advantage of IT parks is that they are non-polluting and have more export potential adding to the national exchequer income.

But in a way, I would put, development of IT Parks is a great boon to the country since it is both nonpolluting. The only thing that needs to be taken care is that more of afforestation and ecological preservation for the longevity of earth life.


When we compare to Bangalore, Chennai can really handle such expansion as it has very good scope of expanding beyond city. In my opinion the TN goverment is doing good job in terms of infrastructure. Now I had vistited almost all main areas in chennai, I find roads r good. The drawback I see here at Chennai is people are arrogant, no traffic sense, no decency (spitting all over, sometimes spitting on people too) and the well know climate (which noone can do anything)

Thanks for visiting and sharing your views. As far as Bangalore is concerned, it was modeled as a tourist spot but slowly was converted to a business hub and Silicon Valley of India. The climatic conditions, tourist attractions there and in its vicinity are also standing testimony to this. It would'nt be exaggerating to call Bangalore as a 'heaven on earth' too.

Chennai inherits business sense and environment since British Raj times, since it has a good coastal harbour. Now it has an international airport too. I do accept that people in Chennai summararily lack civic sense in all ways than one and I think any reader would accept the series of chargesheets that you have tried to book on Chennai citizen culture. :) :)
Nirmala said…

Just wanted to share about the rampant construction of flyovers near Guindy. Did you notice about the amount of demolitons that have been carried out near Kathipara junction?
Sunil said…
Aptly said about Chennai, the once sleepy metro is now evolving into a Major International City with the advent of the IT boom. However, I feel that the city planners are still too slow in infrastructure creation and implementation!!! With the city growing by leaps and bounds, we need new and better roads to say the least. As regards architecture, Chennai now has a few good modern buildings, however there are really no skyscrapers to speak of. I think Chennai needs to have atleast a few landmark skyscrapers defininig the skyline and show that we have indeed arrived. Civic sense and traffic sense in Chennai definitely needs to be improved if we are to remain a world class metropolis. Educating the public at large through awareness programs is the answer to this.

You are absolutely true. A lot of buildings have been demolished near Guindy Kathipara and Pallavaram (near Airport).

There are also much hue and cry from the residents of Pozhichalur, Anakaputhur and Pammal since the government is trying to acquire the lands for Airport construction.

I have discussed about demolition becoming business here.

We agree your views. All that is needed is whole-hearted and committed complete public awareness.

I have something to discuss about Chennai with respect to the widespread spitting culture. Read here.
C said…
Why can't Chennai have landmark buildings like the LIC BUILDING? Many tall buildings are coming up all over the city but they are just plain boxy types. I wish the architects and real estate bigwigs in Chennai design and put up more aesthetically pleasing structures that could indeed be called landmarks in the upcoming skyline of the new Chennai. Oh and by the way, how about a tall tower with an observation deck and/or a revolving restaurany et al. That would be the ultimate!!!

Popular posts from this blog

Nemili Bala (Tripura Sundari) Temple

Nemili Bala (Tripura Sundari) TempleA calm and poised atmosphere near Vellore, the most elegant town of Tamil Nadu in the district of Arakkonam is a village called Nemili. Seated in her own house, Sri Bala Tripura Sundari has been incessantly showering her blessings on Her devotees for several years. I have also heard of Her temple from my relatives but it is a significant truth cum stipulation that unless the Lordess wishes you to see you, it is becoming almost next to impossible to go to this temple. Even to search information on the website, I think, I could not locate it till now and just reached a YahooGroups website NemiliBala. I wanted to share a few info about this temple so that other pilgrims too can get benefitted by praying to the Lordess for Her darshan and blessings.Other temples of Tripura Sundari:ThiruvanmiyurTri SoolamThirukazhunkundramThiruvathiaiSirkazhiHistory of the Temple/Sthala Varalaru:The significance of Bala Tripura Sundari unlike Her other temples enlisted a…

Ayyappa (48-day) Observation -- Rules and Restrictions

Ayyappa (48-day) Observation -- Rules and RestrictionsOne of my friend was suggesting me this -- "Why can not you put up some kind of blog post or an article summarizing the 48 day observation rules to be observed. Well. I had a small pocketbook and a couple of PDFs circulating in the emails.Most of the rules normally are hearsay from our elders to us. As my friend suggested, today since I was relatively free, just thought I would update it as bullet points, so that future Ayyappa Swamis  can immensely benefit from the same.While my pocket books are in Tamil, I am attempting to compile the same in English. Should you find discrepancies, share your thoughts and observations as comments.Most of the rules and observationary regulations are purely for our own control and development -- to streamline our day-to-day chores.All round the work time, keep your mind only focused on the Lord. Even the work you do is being instrumented by the Lord. Dedicate the same to the Lord.  Perhaps, Bh…

"Arindhum Ariyamalum" Sloka

"Arindhum Ariyamalum" Sloka

There was one Swami (Karthik) who had expressed a bit of dejection since on a particular day, he could not wake up early and he was feeling a bit down as expressed over here. As far as my little information goes, I think, our guruswami's have taken these issues into consideration and the Arindhum Ariyamalum sloka that we recite accomodates for all these mistakes that are committed with and without our knowledge.

I searched a while to give this sloka lyric to Swami but since I could'nt get it, I have typed it myself in a Word document using a Ayyappa picture and Unicode Tamil and captured as JPG using Irfanview. I would like to share the same with other readers as well.

Om. Arindhum Ariyalum Therindhum Theriyalum
Naangal Seitha Sagala Kutrangalaiyum
Poruthu, Kathu Rakshithu Arul Puriya Vendum
Sathiyamay Ponnu Pathinettam Padi mael Vaazhum
Kasi Rameswaram Adakki Aalum
Om Hari Hara Sudhan, Ananda Siddhan Ayyan, Ayyappa
Swamiyae Saranam Ayyappa.

ஓம். …