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Greater Chennai Corporation Limits
Porur is located in Chennai
Coordinates: 13°02′05″N 80°09′21″E / 13.03478°N 80.15586°E / 13.03478; 80.15586Coordinates: 13°02′05″N 80°09′21″E / 13.03478°N 80.15586°E / 13.03478; 80.15586
StateTamil Nadu
ZoneCentral Chennai Zone
 • TypeChennai Corporation
 • BodyChennai Corporation
 • Total3.78 km2 (1.46 sq mi)
16 m (52 ft)
 • Total28,783
 • Density7,600/km2 (20,000/sq mi)
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
600 116
Vehicle registrationTN 10(RTO, Chennai(South West))

Porur (Tamil: [poːɾuːɾ]) is a neighbourhood of Chennai, India. It is situated in the Poonamallee taluk of Thiruvallur district in the southern part of the city. Since 2011, it has been a part of the Chennai Corporation and included in zone number 11.[1]

The earliest recorded history of Porur goes back to the Chola period when it served as the headquarters of an administrative division (nadu) called Perur Nadu. Porur Lake is the major source of fresh water for suburban areas such as Iyyapanthangal, Moulivakkam and Mangadu. Porur is also known for the Ramachandra Medical College. Porur houses Mono-pulse Secondary Surveillance radar, one of the two radars in the city, which aids air-transport communication.[2]


Porur is located at 13.03° N and 80.16° E, and 52 feet (15 metres) above sea level. It is bounded on the east and south-east by the Pallavaram Hills.


Porur was a little-known village administered as a part of the Saidapet taluk of the then Chengalpattu district in 1961.[3][4][5][6] During that time, the Saidapet taluk adjoining Madras city,[7] especially the Mount-Poonamallee Road, was famous for industries and chemical plants producing a variety of products.[8]

Porur village panchayat was upgraded to a Grade-I town panchayat on October 1, 1977.[9] Later, it was upgraded to a selection grade town panchayat starting from February 24, 1982.[9] The population of the town at the time of the 1981 census was 8,633.[9]


Historical population
1981 8,633—    
1991 19,507+126.0%
2001 28,782+47.5%
2011 30,060+4.4%

As of 2001 India census,[10] Porur had a population of 28,782. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Porur has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 76%. In Porur, 9% of the population is under 6 years of age. Population of Porur was 30,060 in 2011. The sex ratio was 938 females for every 1000 males. Porur is now administered by the Greater Chennai Corporation.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Janardhanan, Arun (29 September 2011). "Chennai ATC enjoys the navigation of entire South Indian skies". The Times of India (in Tamil). Chennai: The Times Group. Retrieved 1 Dec 2012.
  3. ^ "Tamil Nadu Government - RTO Details". www.tn.gov.in.
  4. ^ Indian journal of power and river valley development, Volume 41. 1991. p. 237.
  5. ^ Eastern economist, Volume 41. 1963. p. 910.
  6. ^ India Major Manufacturers. Business Information Agency. p. 237.
  7. ^ B. S. Baliga (1957). Madras District Gazetteers. p. 870.
  8. ^ B. S. Baliga (1957). Madras District Gazetteers. p. 805.
  9. ^ a b c B. S. Baliga (1983). Madras District Gazetteers Volume 12 Part 2. p. 1273.
  10. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.