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|• Body||Chennai Corporation|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Civic agency||Chennai Corporation|
Nungambakkam is a locality in Chennai, India's fourth largest metropolitan city. The neighborhood is abound with multi-national commercial establishments, important government offices, foreign consulates, sprawling educational institutions, shopping malls, sporting facilities, tourist spots, star hotels, restaurants, and cultural centers. Nungambakkam is also a prime residential area in Chennai. The adjoining regions of Nungambakkam include Egmore, Chetput (Chetpet), T. Nagar, Kodambakkam, Choolaimedu and Kilpauk.
Nungambakkam is one of the oldest parts of Chennai. It formed the western limits of Madras until the 1960s, and it was part of Madras since the 18th century.
According to K.V. Raman's The Early History of the Madras Region, Nungambakkam features in an 11th-century copper plate pertaining to Rajendra Chola.
According to the Chennai Corporation's records, Nungambakkam village, which was under a Mughal firman, was handed over to the British along with four other villages (Tiruvatiyoor, Kathiwakam, Vyasarpady and Sathangadu) in 1708. These five villages were hence forward known as the 'Five New Towns'. Since then, Nungambakkam has been a part of Madras city. Public buildings and colleges rose in the 1850s.
In the early part of the 20th century, Nungambakkam rose as one of the upper-class European residential areas, housing civil servants and influential members of the city administration. The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica records the presence of vast empty spaces and parks in Nungambakkam. Most of Nungambakkam's principal lanes, such as College Road, Haddows Road and Sterling Road, are over 100 years old and appear in a 1909 map of Madras city. Sterling Road consists of trees in both the sides, which is very rare to see in the heart of a metropolitan city. Pizaa Hut, Pizza Corner, Coffer day Lounge, World of Titan, KFC, Reebok, NIKE, ADIDAS, Marrybrown, Just Born, Chicking, BASICS etc. all have opened their shops in Nungambakkam. Traffic is very high in Nungambakkam during peak hours (8am-11am & 6pm-9.30pm) due to various road junctions which connects some important places in Chennai city. There are a lot of atms and branches of various international banks such as Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank etc..
The Loyola College was established as an arts college in 1925.
Location in Context
The subdivisions of Nungambakkam include Mahalingapuram, Lake area, Village road, Sterling road, College road, Shenoy road and Haddows road.
Three out of the city's four prime residential areas; Wallace Gardens, Khader Nawaz Khan Road and Kothari Road, are in Nungambakkam.
Loyola College, MOP Vaishnav college, SDAT Tennis Stadium, Ispahani Center, Women's Christian College, Valluvar Kottam, Childs Trust Hospital and Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan are some of the city's prominent landmarks. The SDAT stadium hosts the long-running ATP event, the Chennai Open. Valluvar Kottam, dedicated to the Tamil Saint-Poet Thiruvalluvar (திருவள்ளுவர் in Tamil), is a popular tourist attraction in Chennai.
The Regional Passport Office of Chennai is located on Haddows Road, Nungambakkam. This office issues passports to half of Tamil Nadu. Nungambakkam is also home to the Austrian, Canadian and South Korean consulates in Chennai as well as the British Deputy High Commission.
Educational Institutes in and around Nungambakkam are
- Sri krishnaswamy matriculation higher secondary school
- Loyola College
- MOP Vaishnav College
- Women's Christian College
- Vidyodaya Matriculation School
- Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan
- Panimalar Polytechnic College
- Institute for Financial Management and Research
- Institute of Computer Accountants
- IEC Technologies
- Liba Informatic Center
- Vicapri Labs
Nungambakkam is well connected to other parts of the city. Many of the state-run Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses run through Nungambakkam. Nungambakkam has its own Suburban Train Station on the Chennai Beach - Tambaram Railway Station railway line, which connects it to other parts of the city.
The Nungambakkam station is among the top three EMU stations, along with Chromepet and St. Thomas Mount, in terms of the number of persons who use the facilities on the Chennai Beach-Tambaram section every day.