Sunrise in Sithalapakkam
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Chennai South|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Sholinganallur|
Sithalapakkam (Tamil: சித்தாலப்பாக்கம்) is a suburb of south Chennai, India. It is about 3 km away from Medavakkam. Sithalapakkam is surrounded by two lakes and a hill. Some portion of this hill is cutout for sand and stone. Wild birds can be seen at Sithalapakkam. Though some buildings have erupted in the region, most of Sithalapakkam has no tar or concrete roads making it difficult to navigate in rainy season.
Sithalappakkam is connected by public transport to a certain extent.60 feet tar road connects Medavakkam to Navalur(via sithalapakkam, Arasankalani) increases more transports in this place now. Share autos are a more popular mode of transport to Medavakkam as they ply frequently. Good news now is there is road construction undergoing which connects sithalapakkam to OMR road via arasankalanai,chemmanchery and joins kumaran nagar(Sathyabama College) in OMR which is just 4 km and 10min drive.
Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Chennai) (MTC) operates the following services via Sithalapakkam.
1. 51K - Tambaram to Karanai/Navalur (via Sithalapakkam, Arasankalani)
2. 551A - Tambaram to Kelambakkam (via Sithalapakkam,Arasankalani)
3. M51B - T.Nagar to SITHALAPAKKAM
4. M51C - T.Nagar to Ottiyambakkam (via Sithalapakkam)
5. 51B - Saidapet to Karanai (via Sithalapakkam, )
6. M51D - Saidapet to Kelambakkam (via Sithalapakkam, Arasankalani)
7. 51L - C.M.B.T. to SITHALAPAKKAM
8. L51 - C.M.B.T. to Ottiyambakkam (via Sithalapakkam)
9. E51 - High Court to Ottiyambakkam (via Sithalapakkam)
10. C21 - Broadway to Ottiyambakkam (via Sithalapakkam)
11. M51V - T.Nagar to Kolathur (via Sithalapakkam)
12. 70C - Koyambedu/Tambaram to Maduraipakkam
13. 551 - Velachery to Acharavakkam
14. D51 Extn - Highcourt to TNHB colony (from 31 March 2012).
15. 51G - Vengaivasal to Tambaram East (via Sithalapakkam Housing Board)
16. J51 - T.Nagar to Vengadamangalam (via Sithalapakkam Housing Board)
The nearest railway stations are Tambaram (10 km) and Velachery MRTS (12 km). MTC buses M51K and 551A ply from Tambaram and M51B and M51V are frequent from Velachery. 51B( karanai to saidapet) will ply frequently for every 20 Mins.
Previously Independent houses are heaven become paradise for Flats due to skyrocketing land prices in this region. JK Builders ( Ph- 9840 899 331) has Gated Community Flats in Arasankalani at Bus stop in affordable budget price. Yehova constructions making wonderful houses at lowest price ph:8903568890. Amudha Civil Construction promoting many individual houses and flats in and around sithalapakkam since 2001. Due to good ground water and less pollution, many families find Sithalapakkam an attractive place to live in. But due to overdrawal of water by the mineral water companies the ground water level is receding. Leo Housing had promoted many layouts here in the 70s and early 80s. Vivekananda Nagar, Vijayapuram, Venus Colony and Sankarapuram are some of them. The DLF Garden city,Bollineni Hillside, Sankarapuram, Vijay Avenue, Jothimangalam layout, ADP avenue, Aravind Avenue and Basil Avenue are the most prominent residential townships being developed near Sithalapakkam. This change in demography is well poised to improve the general infrastructure and ambiance of Sithalapakkam.
Agni College of Engineering and Vel's University are located after Arasankalani. The Government is upgrading Medavakkam to Mambakkam road to four lanes which connects Vandalur-Kelambakkam road where many colleges like Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT Chennai campus), Tagore engineering college are situated.
Sithalapakkam has a secular religious mix. Hindus, Muslims and Christians live together. Hindus are more in number than Muslims who are slightly more than Christians.
The Kaliamman Koil is organizes festival during Tamil month of Aadi. People surrounding Karanai, puthupakkam, navallur, sithalapakkam frequent the temple every Friday. The pond and 100 year old banyan tree are located near the temple. Other popular temples include Mariamman temple, Pillayar Kovil parasamman temple, Kanni ammam Koil, Sreedevi and poodevi temple( Near Bharat petrol bunk).Sithalapakkam has a Mosque in Indira Naagar. Indira nagar has large Muslim community.
For Christians ''St. Antony's Church', the Roman Catholic church which has major Christian families built up with a wider space.  is located in ArasanKazhani - Ottiyambakkam main road, Sithalapakkam.
Church of Sinai, a wing of Shelter Ministries  is located at Sithalapakkam.
Some schools in the surroundings are
- SIVASAKTHI NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL, NAGALAKSHMI NAGAR, SABARI AVENUE, SITHALAPAKKAM(PREKG TO V)044-65455560/9952083831
- Mayfield residential school(CBSE)
- PSBB Millennium branch in the DLF Garden City
- Zigma Matriculation School within 3 km Radius
- Zion Matriculation School within 4 km radius
- Bala Vidya Mandir in Bollineni Hillside (within 1.2 km radius)
- R V Matriculation School. Govt School(up to 8th Std)
Govt. High School is there in between Sithalapakkam Koot road and Valluvar Nagar.
- Vellammal vidhyaram started for the period (2013-2014) in mambakkam which is just 20 min drive from sithalapakkam.
The nearest major hospital is the Global Hospital & Health City off the Medavakkam-Sholinganallur road. Freedom Care Drug & alcohol deaddiction/Rehabilitation center with 60 beaded felicities at Sithalapakkam with 130000sq ft set up, SRI MATHA CLINIC a general, diabetic and maternity hospital located in Vinobanagar main road, near Jeyanagar busstop. Raajan Hospital, a 24hr facility with medical shop, has recently opened in Sithalapakkam.
Nearest Banks Are Private Bankers - ICICI Bank , Citi Union Bank ; Nationalized banks - Inian Over seas Banks , Bank of Baroda; ATMs - ICICI, AXIS, SBI, IOB , Bank of Baroda, CUB;
Shopping and amenities
Sithalapakkam has Manjal Super market, AAJ Super market(Jeya nagar) and Greenland Supermarket( Near petrol bunk).
Colour cubes is opened in Jeya nagar bustand for high quality Cosmetics, Dress for kids and women.
A high quality London Bakery is opened near indira nagar.
Sithalapakkam was a relatively unpolluted place, however, due to factories and human settlement its pollution levels have increased dramatically. Food companies located near Sithalapakkam avenue generates effluents, which is pumped into Sithalapakkam lake, smoke and heavier than air particles are released into the atmosphere.
Lack of garbage disposal system has ensured buildup of plastic. Almost every road in Sithalapakkam has plastic bag moving about in the wind. Sithalapakkam is one among many panchayats in India which do not segregate waste into bio degradable and non-bio degradable. thus waste disposal is in mess.
A dump yard located just near Sithapakkam burns solid municipal waste thus adding to air pollution and pollution leaching into the ground during rains. Sithalapakkam is yet to have any public toilets, so human waste is also a major problem which is not yet sorted out.
Sithalapakkam has a huge collection of stray dogs, they contribute to noise pollution mainly by barking in nights. There is no steralization programs implemented yet for dogs here.
Though Sithalapakkam is migrated with many middle-class people from various part of city, it has no children parks. They depend on medavakkam or perumbakkam (sowmyanagar park) for playing. There is a park in Venus colony but it is filled with animal wastes and dirty.
Places near Sithalapakkam
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