Mahindra World City, New Chennai

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Mahindra World City, New Chennai is India's first operational Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and India's first Integrated Business City. It is a Public Private Partnership promoted by the Mahindra Group and TIDCO (Govt of Tamil Nadu Enterprise).

History[edit]

Mahindra World City in Chennai was inaugurated on the 21 September 2002 by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Ms J Jayalalitha. Built on the model of sustainable urbanisation Mahindra World City grew from a bed of business, infrastructure and sustainable practices before evolving into a completely integrated city within a decade of its inauguration.

Geography[edit]

Situated on the NH 45, Mahindra World City is located 50 km from Chennai city. It is one of the largest integrated business cities on the Golden Quadrilateral spread over 1,500 acres (6.1 km2). It is surrounded by rolling hills, a reserve forest and natural lakes. Several engineering colleges, educational and technical institutions are located along this corridor around MWC, Chennai.[1]

Economy[edit]

The core purpose of the city was building a source of Livelihood from which social infrastructure and then residential would evolve. It has drawn businesses from different parts of the globe to set up in India.

Mahindra World City is now a mature business district with leading companies such as Infosys, BMW, Braun, TTK Group, Capgemini, Nestronics, Renault-Nissan, Tech Mahindra, Lincoln Electric, Wipro, Timken, cyber vole and TVS Group, parker among others having set up within its premises.

Being one of the largest IT parks in the area along with a host of other industries 25,000 + employees and professionals have found employment within the walls of this city.

BMW’s latest vehicle the 3 Series Gran Turismo was rolled out of their plant in MWC Chennai.[2]

Civic Administration[edit]

The layout of the city is broken up in to Zones by the utility of the land. There are 3 sector-specific Special Economic Zones (SEZs) - IT (Services and Manufacturing), Auto Ancillaries and Apparel and Fashion Accessories, a Domestic Tariff Area and a Residential / Social zone. Spread across 285 acres, the Residential zone has been planned to provide living spaces supported by modern social infrastructure to over 6,000 families across diverse segments.

The MWC administration operates as the municipal corporation for the city with responsibility for the provision, upkeep and maintenance of the infrastructure and other facilities.

Transport[edit]

Mahindra World City is well connected by both road and rail links, with Paranur railway station on site. It is 35 km away from Chennai International airport and 55 km from Chennai Seaport.

Paranur railway station is a public private partnership initiative between Mahindra World City and Southern Railways. It is the first railway station to be redesigned and maintained by the corporate sector.

Architecture[edit]

The layout of the city has been planned by the famous Jurong Consultants of Singapore.

The master plan for the residential and social zone has been developed by one of the world's master planning and architecture firms, HOK (Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum). HOK has drawing up the Master plan for 325 acres (1.32 km2) of the social and residential community, with a focus on low-density living spaces and a stress on clean environment. The luxury apartment Sylvan County has been designed by Hafeez Contractor.

Mahindra World School[edit]

Mahindra World School opened in June 2008. The coeducational school based on the CBSE syllabus is currently functional from classes kindergarten to standard X, with 413 students and 34 teachers. A new class will be added on every year. The school will cater both to the schooling needs of the children of Mahindra World City employees/residents as well as of those residing in surrounding areas. Designed by the architect, Hafeez, the school is spread over a 5-acre (20,000 m2) campus nestled amidst sylvan surroundings. The school has received the National School Sanitation Award in 2012.[3]

Mahindra Research Valley[edit]

Mahindra Research Valley, the key research wing of the Mahindra Group is housed on 125 acres at the Mahindra World City, Chennai, MRV has been designed by Padma Vibhushan, Shri Charles Correa. It is home to over 1,500 engineers and designers working in one of the most modern automobile and tractor R&D facility in India.[4]

Mahindra World City Going II in Chennai[edit]

The Mahindra Group has plans to replicate this model of an integrated business city with industrial, residential and social infrastructure at Gummidipoondi in north part of Chennai. The Gummidipoondi facility will cover 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) abutting NH5 will mainly focus on Domestic Tariff Area (DTA). It will also have a logistics park and a residential park.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World City becomes a global draw". Financial Times. March 6, 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "BMW rolls out luxury variant ‘3 Series Gran Turismo’". The Hindu Business Line. March 15, 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mahindra World School wins sanitation award". The New Indian Express. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai working on four new platforms for Mahindra Automotive". Business Standard. December 13, 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mahindra plans to spread out ‘world city’ model". The Hindu Business Line. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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