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.