|Zone||Ambattur Zone No 7|
|Ward||Korattur (Ward 83,84)|
|• Body||Chennai Corporation|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Sriperumbudur|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Ambattur|
|Civic agency||Chennai Corporation|
Chennai Korattur (Tamil: கொரட்டூர்) (13 06' 48.95N, 80 11'32.87E) is situated in the northwest part of Chennai, India. It is a part of the Chennai Corporation and located along the Chennai-Mumbai railroad about 12 km from the Chennai Central. The place has developed from being a calm village in the early 20th century to an urban township of today due to the expansion of the Chennai city and the industrial development of north Chennai. The neighbourhood is served by Korattur railway station of the Chennai Suburban Railway.
Korattur was once famous for its lakes and water bodies that have now been encroached and reduced to tiny ponds as a byproduct of industrial development. The huge lake called 'Korattur aeri' has now become a pile of wasteland and a collection of urban sewage. This makes the place highly notorious during the October–December rainy season for water logging. It is not unusual for people to wade in hip-deep water in the roads during this time thanks to sudden cyclonic downpour and improper drainage systems ... BUT is the recent past in '2013 Korattur has THE BEST ROADS in Chennai city limits. The main road (East & Central Avenue) have been laid as 4 lane road with a median, such that each side has a 2 lanes with parking facility.
Korattur is famous for its thick foliage. The main road leading from Padi is populated with thick and old trees on both sides, so much so that the canopy renders the sky only partially visible. There are many other streets with such high tree-density, most notably the 18th Street and 12th/15th Street junction. In between 2nd / 14th / 15th and 18th street is a sufficiently spacious park where children play merrily after school and it also has a walking / jogging track. There are also many beautiful location beyond Korattur railway station (i.e. Chennai 76 ). Korattur is the only place in Chennai to have detailed and planned TNHB colony and surrounded with thick greenery and trees around all places. In the recent past the old flats are replaced by news ones constructed by GR Natarajan, Pushkar, Landmark, Marvel, GreenPeace, India Builders & Firm Foundations coming with mega projects.
Some major Hindu temples are in Korattur, the important one being the Pillaiyar Kovil (near the Korattur Police / ESI Hospital - opposite to TNSC Bank), another Temple behind the Community Hall. One near the Korattur Main Bus Stand. A Mosque is located @ 27th Street (i.e. behind Hotel New Saravanaas) and Churches like Infant Jesus (Catholic), Grace Prayer House (near Community Hall) and C.S.I Holy Trinity Church, (next to Bakthavatchalam College / Metro Water Tank) ... near the Korattur water canal,
Location in Context
||Oragadam, Pudur||Puzhal||Retteri, Kolathur|
|Ambattur||Villivakkam, ICF, Ayanavaram|
|Mogappair, Ambattur Industrial Estate||Padi, Anna Nagar West||Thirumangalam, Koyambedu|
Korattur has some famous CBSE and matriculation schools in the city. They are 'Bhaktavatsalam Vidyashram', 'Dr.Nalli Kuppuswami Vivekanada Vidyalaya Junior College', 'Little Holy Angels Mat. Hr. Sec. School' and 'Ebenezer Matriculation Higher Secondary School'. The first one belongs to Sarojini Varadappan's group of school institutions. There is also a Bhaktavatsalam Vidyashram arts college for women adjoining the school campus. The recent additions being KidZee, AppleKids & plenty of Kids school.
Korattur has a 230/110 KV Substation and is one of the oldest substations in the city, catering to the power requirements of Korattur, Ambattur, Ambattur Industrial Estate and other localities in the vicinity. Korattur's neighouring area in the northwest is Patrvakkam, a big industrial zone. A factory of Aavin is present in the road from Korattur to Patravakkam. The surge of small-scale industries and the serene location has catapulted the land values to around Rs. 5500-8000 per square feet in many places in Korattur.
Though located around 10–15 km away from many central places in the city, Korattur is well-linked by public transport. Trains (EMU) starting from Central Railway station to Avadi/Arakkonam stop at Korattur. City bus services are 7B from Parry's Corner, 23C from Thiruvanmiyur, 65T from Poonamalle, 41D from Mandaveli, L70 from Tambaram, 22B from Anna Square, D41 from Thiruvanmiyur and M47D from Thyagaraya Nagar ... but we miss 16-A route bus from Korattur to Quide-de-Milleth College, which has been withdrawn now. This route bus use to ply an Express service @ 9:10 AM in the morning which used to be a taken by many Govt officers for their offices in the city like Egmore and Mount Road. High-speed trains coming to Chennai from Bangalore and other places pass by Korattur. One could alight at Perambur station and take a local to reach Korattur.
There are few Hindu Temples, the oldest being Jambookeshwar Temple,800 year old earikarai sri saiyathamman temple. a mosque and two churches: Holy Trinity Church and Infant Jesus. The other temples are Lakshminarayanan Perumal for [d[Vishnu]] (adjacent to Jambookeshwarar temple), Nagavalli Amman temple (38th main street), Vijayashkthi Vinayakar Temple in north Srinivasapuram, Pillayar Koil (next to police station), Anjaneyar temple (near the bus stand),Sri Throupathy Amman Kovil, Sri Muthumari Amman Temple where one can also find the shrine of Shri Sridi Sai Baba within the temple premises and Yoga Anjaneyar temple with Munishwaran shrine in the same premises along the banks of Korattur Eri. The population is predominantly Hindu, with many Brahmins, but quite a number of Muslims and Christians also live here peacefully.
Banks and ATM
Many banks and ATMs are present in Korattur. The banks which have their branch office in Korattur are UCO Bank, State Bank of India, Tamil Nadu State Apex Co-Operative Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Canara Bank, ICICI Bank and Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank. Other banks that have set up ATMs include SBI, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Karur Vysya bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Indian Bank, ING Vysya Bank, UCO Bank, Tamil Nadu State Apex Co-Operative Bank,Indian Overseas Bank and DCB.
Many vegetarian hotels are available, one of them being Hotel New Saravanas on the main road (Central Avenue). A host of private messes and Vinoth Inn (service apartments) have come in the main road, with many bakeries and snack-shops in other places in Korattur. Baker's Cottage near Vivekananda Vidyalaya.
There are lots of shops in Korattur. Some of the prominent ones include Reliance Fresh (near the railway station),More super market(57th street), Rajshree Xerox (Opp. to bus stand), Annachi Super Market (Station Road), Golden Stores (31st street), Mummy Daddy (31st street), Aravind Plaza (31st street), but the pioneer provision shop is RATHNA Store. The markets in 31st street and Station road encompass a wide range of shops from vegetable markets to beauty salons.HYPERTECH SYSTEMS ( opp to BHAKTAVATSALAM WOMENS COLLEGE & SCHOOL ) is one of the leading computer sales and service providers in Chennai. Recently in '2013 GreenTrends have opened their saloon at East Avenue, above ICICI Bank, that is near Korattur Police Station / Pillaiyar Kovil. The same complex also has ING-Vysya and Union Bank of India ATM's.