Ambattur Industrial Estate

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Ambattur Industrial Estate is an specially designated industrial area in the Chennai neighbourhood of Ambattur. Established in 1964, the industrial estate stretches across 1,300 acres and is home to over 1,500 small and medium enterprises, specialising largely in automobile components, but also in garments and engineering products. It is one of about ten industrial estates developed by the Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation in and around the city.[1]

The industrial estate[edit]

The Ambattur Industrial Estate, spread over an area of 1,430 acres (4.9 km²), houses about 1,800 units[2] and is the biggest small scale industrial estate in South Asia. It was commissioned in the year 1964 by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Several factors such as suitability of the soil, communication facilities, availability of raw materials, a large volume of ground water suitable for industrial and domestic purposes, and the like were responsible for seeking this place for the setting up of an industrial estate. An area of 4 km² adjoining the industrial estate was acquired by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board for housing purposes.

Companies like Britannia, TI Cycles of India, Dunlop, and TVS have their plants in Ambattur. VSNL-Tata Communication has its satellite earth station at the Ambattur–Red Hills road, known as wireless among the locals. Jaya TV, Vijay TV, Asianet and Kairali relay signals from this facility. Textile industries such as Ambattur Clothing Limited (ACL) and Bombay Fashions have their facilities here and employ thousands of women. The units in the Industrial Estate generate a combined annual revenue of over 35,000 million.[3]

Waste disposal[edit]

As of September 2014, the Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers Association (AIEMA) was setting up a transit yard to segregate and dispose about 300 tonnes of waste generated every month. The yard, covering an area of 2,000 sq ft, will be used to segregate garbage from neighbouring residential areas, in addition to hazardous industrial waste. The industrial estate was also planning to set up a common effluent treatment plant with a capacity to treat 200 kilolitres per day at a cost of 50 million. The plant will be constructed in public-private partnership mode and will become functional by the end of financial year 2014. It is estimated that only about 10 percent of the units discharge effluents. The industrial estate also plans to cover industrial units in a radius of 25 km, such as those in Thirumudivakkam and Thirumazhisai. The treated water will be provided to dyeing units in the estate.[4]

Golden Jubilee Tower[edit]

As part of the golden jubilee celebrations in 2014, the AIEMA association plans to construct a golden jubilee tower. It has planted more than 1,500 saplings and has planned to implement solar and power-saving lamps for street illumination.[4]


The Industrial Estate has a bus terminus. The Ambattur Estate terminus and the maintenance centre with a capacity of 100 buses were opened in 1967. However, as of 2012, the centre handles 125 buses per day, with a staff count of 1,100.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lakshmi, K. (27 September 2014). "Ambattur units bat for new industrial estate". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Arterial roads in Ambattur Estate to be widened soon". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ Raja Simhan, T. E. (9 January 2013). "IT parks in Ambattur Estate wallow with space abegging". Business Line. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lakshmi, K. (30 September 2014). "Ambattur makes a green move". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Ambattur Estate". Dinamalar. Chennai. 10 September 2012.