List of renamed public places in Tamil Nadu

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Ever since the British left India in 1947, many streets, places and buildings throughout India were assigned new "Indian names". Tamil Nadu was no exception to this trend.

Even the state and its capital, Chennai along with many other cities, towns, streets and organisations were renamed post Indian Independence. Before the name changes, Madras (the city) used to be the capital of the much larger Madras (the state).




Towns and municipalities[edit]



  • Royapettah High Road to Thiru-Vi-Kalyanasundaranar Salai.
  • Mount Road to Anna Salai.
  • Edward Elliot Road to Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai
  • Elliot's Beach Road to Sardar Patel Road
  • Mowbray's Road to T.T.K Road after Thiruvallur Thattai Krishnamachari
  • Commander-in-chief Road to Ethiraj Salai after V. L. Ethiraj
  • Nungambakkam High Road to Mahatma Gandhi Salai.
  • Warren Road to Bhaktavatsalam Salai
  • Lloyds Road to Avvai Shanmugam Salai
  • Oliver Road to Musiri Subramaniam Salai
  • Montieth Road to Red Cross Road
  • Pycrofts Road to Bharathi Salai
  • Lattice Bridge Road (LB Road) to Kalki Salai to Dr.Muthulakshmi Salai after Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi
  • Marshall's Road to Rukmani Lakshmipathy salai
  • South Boag Road to Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan salai
  • Chamiers Road to Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Road
  • Griffith Road to Maharajapuram Santhanam Road
  • Harris Road to Adithanar Salai
  • Old Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) Road to Rajiv Gandhi Salai.
  • Beach Road became Kamarajar Salai
  • Ponamallee High Road became Periyar EVR Salai after Erode Venkata Ramaswamy Naicker
  • Royapettah High Road became Thiru Vi Ka Salai after Vriddachalam Kalyanasunduram



The Tamil Nadu state owned transport corporations operated buses to facilitate public transport in the state and interstate connectivity through roads. It named various corporations by prominent personalities/kings of regional/national importance. However the practice was scrapped and it started naming the corporations as TNSTC – Regional Division (Ex TNSTC Villupuram Division) after communal violence broke in the district of Virudhunagar during May 1997 after formation of Veeran Sundaralingam Transport corporation in which buses bearing the name Veeran Sundaralingam were burnt by some groups.