Oct 31, 2011

Chennai Port-Maduravoyal Expressway Construction

Chennai Expressway Construction
Expressway Construction Near Egmore

Construction of the Maduravoyal to Chennai Port Expressway is in progress. Total length of this elevated toll road would be 19 km and it goes along the Cooum river till Koyambedu then it goes along the NH4.

College Bridge Chennai

College Bridge

Ethiraj Rd & Pantheon Road

This would be the view of the College Bridge from the Radisson Chennai City Center Hotel in Ethiraj road. Hotel is still under construction and the College Bridge connects Greams Rd, Ethiraj Rd, Pantheon Rd and College Road.

Oct 30, 2011

Cholamandal Artists' Village ECR Chennai

Cholamandal Artists' Village
Cholamandal Center for Contemporary Art

Chennai is home to India's biggest artist's community. In Injambakkam on East Coast Road (ECR Road), you'll find a working group of nearly two dozen artists all in one place. Cholamandal Artists' Village and Art Gallery is a great stop if you love art -- all types of art. The gallery alone is an architectural art form and the work displayed is for your pleasure and for sale.

Oct 29, 2011

Vellore Fort Near Chennai

Vellore Fort

Temple in the Vellore Fort
Vellore is a town about 150 km from Chennai and the town surrounds a fort. Vellore Fort was built in the 16th century under the Vijayanagara Empire. Vellore has a long history of war and the fort was under different occupations. The last time was under British rule. Vellore Fort also witnessed the First Indian revolution against British rule, called the Sepoy Mutiny by the invading foreigners.

Rajiv Gandhi Memorial at Sriperumbudur Chennai

Rajiv Gandhi Memorial

Sriperumbudur Chennai
Mosaic of Rajiv Gandhi

Pilgrims at Rajiv Gandhi Memorial

Sriperumbudur was a little-known village in the outskirts of Chennai, until the late Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the LTTE while he was at the election Campinas in 1991. Seems like a fortune smiled on the town since Mr. Gandhi was assassinated in Sriperumbudur. It has turned into an industrial hub. Many car makers in India have factories in Sriperumbudur -- Hyundai, Ford, BMW, Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, to name a few. I am pretty sure that my Nokia phone and our Dell laptops are made in the factory in Sriperumbudur.

Vivekananda House or Ice House Chennai

Vivekananda House

Oct 28, 2011

Santhome High Road Chennai

Santhome High Road
Adyar Bridge Road

IOB Building Chennai

IOB Building in College Road Chennai

This is the picture of the Indian Overseas Bank or IOB building in the Department of Public Instruction Campus in College Road, Chennai. There is another IOB building in the Mount Road which has the similar look. The IOB building in Mount Road is more popular as it can be seen from the road and it is one of the oldest tall buildings in Madras. It was landmark in the old Tamil movies before other tall buildings were built in the Mount Road.

Oct 27, 2011

Pachaiyappas College Entrance

Pachaiyappas College Chennai

I took these pictures of the Pachaiyappas College Entrance from the fuel station on the other side of the Poonamalle High Road. I couldn't move the light pole out of the way unless I cross the road and stand in the middle of the heavy traffic.

Chennai Roads on a Rainy Day

Roads on a Rainy Day in Chennai

Chennai has an outdated sewage an drainage system. The monsoon rain turns it into a garbage soup.

Oct 26, 2011

Houses by Cooum River Chennai

Slums by Cooum River

Houses by the Koovam River Project

Huts by Cooum River
Cooum or Koovam river (a long time ago it was a fresh water river) originates about 70 km north  and flows through the city to the Bay of Bengal. Today it is more a sewer than a river. A project to clean the river is underway. Lets see how far it goes.

Oct 24, 2011

FIITJEE Chennai Study Center

FIITJEE The Premier Institute for IIT-JEE in Chennai

Oct 23, 2011

NH 45 - Chennai Trichy Road Photos

Distance from Chennai to Trichy or Tiruchi or also known as Thiruchirapalli is about 350 km if you take the NH 45. Road conditions are pretty good and you pay toll about Rs.1.00 for each kilometer.

Chennai Metro Rail Project

I am seeing the construction for the Chennai Metro Rail Project for the last two years and am am not sure when it is going to be completed. Bangalore's metro rail is up and running and the Chennai's metro is blocking the traffic.

Oct 22, 2011

New Construction Works in Chennai

New Buildings Coming up in Chennai

New Construction Projects Everywhere

Mahabalipuram Sun Temple

Shore Temple by Bay of Bengal

Shore temple city of Mahabalipuram is about 60 km south from Chennai. A UNESCO World Heritage site, believed to be  built in the 8th century.

Oct 21, 2011

Chembarambakkam Water Reservoir

Chembarambakkam Water Reservoir Chennai

Kanchipuram Temples Photos

Temple Elephant at Kanchipuram

Walls around the Kanchipuram Temple premiscs

Temple pool at Kanchipuram main temple

Closer Look at the pool

I am not sure about the purpose of this cute building

One of the many entrances to the Kanchipuram Temple