Anna Nagar

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Anna Nagar
அண்ணா நகர்
Anna Nagar Tower
Anna Nagar Tower
Anna Nagar is located in Chennai
Anna Nagar
Anna Nagar
Coordinates: 13°05′05″N 80°13′04″E / 13.0846°N 80.2179°E / 13.0846; 80.2179Coordinates: 13°05′05″N 80°13′04″E / 13.0846°N 80.2179°E / 13.0846; 80.2179
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Chennai
Metro Chennai
Zone Kilpauk
Ward 66-68
Named for Arignar Anna
 • Total 5 km2 (2 sq mi)
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TN 02
Lok Sabha constituency Chennai Central
Vidhan Sabha constituency Anna Nagar

Anna Nagar (formerly known as Naduvakkarai),[1] is a neighbourhood in the metropolitan city of Chennai, India. Named after the Tamil leader C. N. Annadurai, it is located in the north-western part of Chennai and forms a part of Egmore-Nungambakkam taluk now Anna nagar comes under newly emerged Amijikarai Taluk. It is one of the prime residential areas in Chennai.

Anna Nagar was developed by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board[2] in the early 1970s following the World Trade Fair in the area in 1968. The board developed residential plots, apartments, commercial complexes, wide roads, school zones, bus terminus and large parks.

The roads in Anna Nagar are designed based on matrix structure similar to roads in developed countries in the western world; all the roads are laid parallel and perpendicular to each other. In addition, a standardized naming nomenclature is adopted. In Anna Nagar, 2nd, 4th and 6th Avenues run East-West and 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th Avenues run North South. All the streets are interconnected to these avenues. Anna Nagar is the first township and the only township in Chennai to follow standard addressing system followed in the western world. Areas expanded after the formation of the initial 1970 layouts do not follow the standard nomenclature.

One of the main attractions in Anna Nagar is the Annanagar Tower. Other important landmarks include the Anna Arch, Chinthamani, Blue Star, 14 shops, Thirumangalam junction, Anna Nagar East, and Anna Nagar West bus depot.

Anna Nagar has a number of well established schools and colleges, places of worship, shopping areas with both independent shops and chain stores and numerous restaurants. 2009 also saw the opening of a McDonalds and a KFC outlet, both on the busy 2nd Avenue. There are also a number of midsize hospitals and nursing homes catering to the local population.


Anna Nagar originated as a suburban village called Naduvakkarai. It was called Mullam Village and is still referred to like that by the Land and revenue department for all official purposes.[citation needed]

Anna arch[edit]

A large twin arch called the Anna arch marks the entrance of the southern part of Anna Nagar on the Third Avenue, which was built in 1985 by the Corporation of Chennai at a cost of INR 1.2 million to commemorate the platinum jubilee celebrations of former chief minister C. N. Annadurai,[3] when Anna Nagar was still a developing area. It was inaugurated by the then chief minister of Tamil Nadu M. G. Ramachandran on 1 January 1986.[4] Each arch stands 52 ft tall and weighs 82 tonnes.[5] The road from the arch leads to the Round Tana (roundabout) which is a major landmark and for all practical purposes, the centre of Anna Nagar.

In 2012, the arch was proposed to be demolished to leave way for a flyover that was planned to connect Anna Nagar with Aminjikarai. Demolition work began on 2 September 2012. However, the alignment of the flyover was modified slightly to prevent the removal of the arch, and the arch was restored[5] at a cost of INR 6.4 million.[6]

Shanthi Colony and its Neighborhoods in Anna Nagar[edit]

Shanthi Colony - Initially developed by TNHB as a residential colony and is located in 4th Avenue. Today it is a sprawling commercial street with the colony transformed with many shops and other establishments.It is a highly sought out upscale Residential as well as commercial property in Anna Nagar.

Kurinji Colony, Jawahar Colony, Mangalam Colony and Nalanda Flats - Another TNHB development located in 4th Avenue and 7th Avenue, which are now part of a most sought out Residential colonies in Anna Nagar, with their proximities to major schools, Thirumanagalam Junction and upcoming sprawling Metro Zone.Bouganvilla Park Situated in Chinthamani,Anna Nagar.

Location in Context[edit]

Anna Nagar Tower[edit]

Main article: Anna Nagar Tower Park

One of the main attractions in Anna Nagar is the 138 feet (42 m) tall Annanagar Tower, officially known as the Visveswaraya Tower, built for the 1968 World Trade Fair, by B. S. Abdur Rahman. Its main entrance is from the 3rd Main Road and a back entrance from the 6th main road. It is popular with morning walkers and joggers, and with families and young people in the evenings to play and relax. For a nominal fee one can walk to the top of the tower from where excellent views of the city can be seen. The tower and park are now renovated and has a skating rink. Currently, it boasts of a good turnout of children who come in for practising their skills on roller skates. There is also a group of regulars who practice silambattam - an ancient Tamil martial art form - here. From atop the tower one can have a panoramic views, and the rapidly changing skyline of the city can be appreciated.There is also coffee day on the 15th main road,annanagar west which seems to busy most of the day due to youth spending good time catching with friends.

Anna Nagar Roundtana[edit]

The famous Anna Nagar Roundtana located at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue is a sprawling and burgeoning high-scale commercial neighborhood. This was initially developed for the Madras EXPO during the 1970s and was named "Round Turn Over", whose name has colloquially changed to "Roundtana" with the use of Tamil Language.

Bus Terminus[edit]

Anna Nagar has two bus terminuses. One is Anna Nagar West and another is Anna Nagar East. Anna Nagar East terminus is located near Anna Nagar Roundtana while the Anna Nagar West Terminus is situated on the hundred feet road. Anna Nagar West terminus is one of the biggest bus terminus in Chennai city. Buses to different parts of the city ply from the Anna Nagar West Terminus. The prominent ones include 7 F (Anna Nagar West to Parrys), 24 A (Anna Nagar West to Vivekanandar Illam), M 70 Extension (Anna Nagar West to Thiruvanmiyur).

Railway Station[edit]

Anna Nagar railway station was inaugurated in the year 2003. It is located in the Thirumangalam road, a road that connects Anna Nagar West with Villivakkam. It stretches for 3.09 kilometers and links Anna Nagar with the Tiruvallur-Chennai suburban line.It is unused now and during 2003 and 2007, five suburban trains were being run from Anna Nagar to Beach via Villivakkam. There are plans to reopen the station and link it with the sub urban and metro rail.[7]

Temples in Anna Nagar[edit]

Several prominent temples are located in Anna Nagar. They are Ayyapan Temple, Chinna Tirupathi, Chandramouleswarar Temple, Maakali Amman Temple, AngalaParameswari Amman Temple,Kumarakottam Sri Balamurugan Temple,Mullai Vallabha Vinayagar Temple etc.


Anna Nagar (State Assembly Constituency) is part of Chennai Central (Lok Sabha constituency).[8]

Chennai Sangamam[edit]

Anna Tower park is one the official sites around the city hosting activities of the annual week-long celebrations of the Chennai Sangamam. This is held during the month of January over the Pongal week since 2007 and has been growing in popularity over the years.

Locality Newspapers[edit]

Anna Nagar has its own set of local newspapers in circulation. The oldest and widely circulated of them are Anna Nagar Talk (which is now into its 11th year), Anna Nagar Times, Anna Nagar News, weekly newspapers in English distributed free to all households. Apollo Times and Anna Nagar Mail are other newspapers in circulation.

Modern Auditorium[edit]

A modern auditorium in Anna Nagar is under construction and completed on February 2014.[needs update] The auditorium is being constructed at a cost of INR 170 million and would have seating for 1,500 persons and parking facility for 500 vehicles. The auditorium is being built on a 3-acre land.[9]



  1. ^ Krishna, M. J. (March 13, 2003). "Naduvakkarai Nostalgia". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  2. ^ "Structure of Chennai". Chapter 1. CMDA. Retrieved 24 Feb 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anna Arch refuses to give in". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 3 September 2012. Retrieved 21 Nov 2012. 
  4. ^ "Flyover plan revised to give Anna Arch new lease of life". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 6 September 2012. Retrieved 8 Sep 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "சென்னை அண்ணா நகர் ஆர்ச்சை இடிக்கும் பணிக்கு முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா தடை". One India Tamil (in Tamil) (Chennai: One India). 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 Sep 2012. 
  6. ^ H. Ramakrishnan, Deepa (1 January 2013). "New alignment approved for flyover near Anna Arch". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 3 Jan 2013. 
  7. ^ "Train service from Anna Nagar to resume - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  8. ^ [1] List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies; 2008-10-08, Tamil Nadu, Election Commission of India
  9. ^ "Modern auditorium to be ready next month". The Hindu (Chennai, India). December 18, 2010. 

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