Thuraipakkam

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Okkiyam Thoraipakkam
ஒக்கியம் துறைப்பாக்கம்
suburb
Okkiyam Thoraipakkam is located in Chennai
Okkiyam Thoraipakkam
Okkiyam Thoraipakkam
Coordinates: 12°58′N 80°15′E / 12.97°N 80.25°E / 12.97; 80.25Coordinates: 12°58′N 80°15′E / 12.97°N 80.25°E / 12.97; 80.25
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Kanchipuram
Metro Chennai
Languages
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 600097
Telephone code +91 44 2496
Vehicle registration TN-14

Okkiyam Thoraipakkam, also spelt Thuraipakkam, is an area of Chennai, India. It is situated on what is called as the IT expressway, on Old Mahabalipuram Road, now known as Rajiv Gandhi Salai, the first six lane road in Chennai. Okkiyam Thoraipakkam is on the eastern banks of the Pallikaranai marsh which has been designated as a reserve forest area and is one of the few remaining significant natural ecosystems within Chennai . Thoraipakkam is 3 km in length, starting from Perungudi to its north.

The Thoraipakkam Pallavaram Radial road running east to west connects the IT corridor and the GST Road (Grand Southern Trunk Road) making Thoraipakkam well connected to the airport especially after the opening of the flyover (ROB) at the western end of the radial road in October 2010.This road plays a significant role,enabling quicker and easier movement of traffic between the major arterial roads to the south of Chennai including GST Road,Tambaram-Velachery main road and Old Mahabalipuram Road.

Okkiyam Thoraipakkam has experienced substantial growth over the past decade, and it serves as a residential and commercial hub for suburbs in the south of Chennai. A number of information technology companies are based in Thoraipakkam.

Okkiyam Thoraipakkam has pollution-related problems because a portion of the Pallikaranai marsh has been converted into a dump yard and garbage including medical waste, plastics, tires, are burnt.[citation needed] However, since beginning of 2009, burning has been officially banned and this has led to considerable improvement in the air quality and reduced the levels of pollution in the area. After the Tsunami of 2004, affected fishermen were relocated to Kannagi Nagar which is a part of Thoraipakkam.

Chennai city corporation boundaries were expanded in the latter half of 2011. Subsequently Thoraipakkam has ceased to be a village panchayat in Kanchipuram district and has become fully integrated within Chennai corporation limits.

Location in Context[edit]

Transport[edit]

There are three major bus routes for the OMR road. One is from Madhya Kailash {Guindy, Tambaram, Broadway, Central and also MRTS}, second from Adyar {Adyar, High Court, T.Nagar, Saidapet, Parrys, Mahabalipuram, Kalpakkam, Tambaram} and lastly from Velachery {Taramani, Guindy, Vadapalani, Koyambedu}. Thoraipakkam is well connected to the city by the Chennai metropolitan transport corporation. Bus Route No's. [T51, 19B, 19C, M5, 21H, H21, T21, 519, 5G, M5G, M70, M19P, M5S, 570, 568C 521, M19D, M119, 119A, 568, 5Gct, M119ct] All buses heading towards the city from Sholinganallur and Kelambakkam run through Thoraipakkam. Auto rickshaws also serve the area. Moreover Share-Auto-s are also available which are comparatively cheaper than the former.

Colleges[edit]

Arts and Science college - Dhanraj Baid Jain college (DB Jain college) is located in this area, near Thoraipakkam Police station. It is one of the oldest landmarks in this area, even now important landmark.

Schools[edit]

List of schools in this area : APL Global School, Little Angles, Buds n Blossoms, Akshara School, RMT International, Podar Kids (play school) and Government High school. Government run High school oldest and serves lower & lower-middle-class family children. It has very huge land allocated near main road, for play ground and future infrastructures.

Other popular schools near Thoraipakkam: BVM Global@ Seevaram, Sankara Matriculation school near Cognizant Technology Solutions, and Jeppiar Matriculation school serves by sending a separate bus for this area kids pickup & drop.

Since transportation & crossing of OMR is extremely difficult nowadays, all schools are providing Pickup & Drop facilities by School Van & Bus. Private Van operation also on high demand.

Residential Projects[edit]

1. Akshaya Tango [1] 2. BBCL Ashraya [2] 3. TVH Park Villa 4. Ramaniyam Isha 5. Casa Grande has three projects in the area - Aldea (luxury apartments), Pallagio (villas) & Lanterns Court (premium apartments)[3]

Banks[edit]

Okkiyam Thoraipakkam has State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Indian Bank and ATMS of all Major Banks in India.

Restaurants and Hangouts[edit]

There are many restaurants in Thoraipakkam, noticeably famous ones are KFC, World of Subs and Salads(That features touch screen ordering system, Arista, one of its kind in Chennai), Bangs chicken etc. Apart from the chains there are many small time snack and food outlets that serve people around here.

Megabites Eco Restaurant Mega Bites” an eco restaurant is the perfect place to instigate one’s taste buds. The guests have the choice of both indoor dining and rooftop dining service, which one can choose based on their mood. Relax in the roof top with view of the city sometimes its night life or the warmth of our indoor dining space while enjoying a generous spread of the choicest snacks and specialty dishes in addition to the invincible flavour of Indian, South Indian, Chinese and Continental Cuisines.

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