Open Mics in Chennai

The mic is tested. The performers are ready. And you are waiting to be entertained. The city has been hosting open mics at several places. So, if you are a fan of good humor and you want to enjoy the stand up-scenes in the city, following is a quick list of places that hosts open mics in Chennai for you to check out.

Mad Bean Cafe and Roastery, Santhome:

Sharing the compound with a veterinary clinic, the cafe is little difficult to spot. If you want to taste the Desi Humor served with a hot coffee, this is your comedy destination. Also, the cafe serves you the special coffees across the world, salads, wraps, pizza, pasta and hot and cold beverages. The cafe hosts open mics on every Monday between 8 and 9 PM.

For more details, check out Mad Bean Cafe and Roastery.

Urban Desi House, Thoraipakkam:

Located in the Old Mahabalipuram Road, Urban Desi House attracts a lot of IT employees nearby. Not just comedy, the place encourages talent of any kind. If you are interested in music, photography and even painting, Urban Desi House helps you to exhibit your talent. Enjoy the comedy with their wallet-friendly food on every Tuesday at 7.30 PM.

For more details, check out Urban Desi House.

Cafe Central, T Nagar:

Located in one of the busiest areas of the city, Cafe Central hosts the performances of Tanglish Comedy, one of the new groups in the stand-up comic circuit in the city. The cozy restaurant serves mixed cuisine, varying from the country’s most favorite briyani to burgers, wings, waffles and shakes. They host open mic comedy on Wednesdays around 7.30 PM.

For more details, check out Cafe Central.

Ashvita Bistro, Alwarpet:

Ashvita Bistro is the first performance space in the city to host open mics from 2014. After a year of break, the place is back in hosting open mics in association with the favourite stand-up circuits of the city. One has to register in advance with an entry fee of rupees 100, which is redeemable when you order your food. They host open mic comedy on every Thursday around 7.30 PM.

See more details on Ashvita Bistro.

Lloyd’s Tea House, Gopalapuram:

The Bohemian style cafe situated in Alwarpet welcomes you with their rich aroma of tea. If you want to warm yourself up for the crazy weekend, visit this place on a Friday night to enjoy the aroma of comedy served with a fresh tea. Apart from the fresh tea, their menu has pastries, hash browns, pizzas and pasta and much more for your fun Friday. They host open mic comedy on every Friday at 8.30 PM.

See more details on Lloyd’s Tea House.

Wandering Artist, RA Puram:

Wandering Artist encourages performances of all kinds. Also, they have an art store along with their cafe. Their ‘Stairway to Laughter’ happens on the second floor of the building with a capacity of around 70 people. Other than performances, they offer training and has a creative co-working space. You can enjoy their stand-up scenes on every 1st saturday at 7.30 PM.

See more details on Wandering Lust.

Backyard, Adyar:

Backyard is a co-working space located in Adyar. Here, the customers are charged by the hour and they get free Wi-Fi, Tea, and Coffee. Their menu comprises the food prepared by Akshaya and Nithya who runs the space. They have inclusive open-mic performances, workshops, storytelling and music nights. They host open mic comedy on every 3rd Saturday at 7.30 PM.

See more details on Backyard.

The English Tearoom, Kasturi Ranga Road:

A mild music or heartwarming humor, stunning scenery and a tasty meal, The English Tearoom serves you the mentioned combo offer. The Peach Tree Hall is their performance space, that is sometimes used as a multi-purpose hall for celebrating kitty parties or meetings, is a gallery space that gives you stunning views. The English Tearoom hosts open mic comedy on every fourth Saturday at 730 PM.

See more details on The English Tearoom.

Bay 146, Savera Hotel, Mylapore:

Bay 146 of the Savera is one of the venues to host stand-up scenes for a long time. The pub is hosting open mic comedy in association with Evam Standup Tamasha. They host open mics on every Sunday.

See more details on Bay146.

Tete-e-tete with Jayasudha Seenivasan – Aegam Decor Cafe

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The word ‘experience’ has a very big space in the dictionary of Ms. Jayasudha Seenivasan, Executive Director of Aegam Decor Cafe and Aegam LLP. It features in several layers when we talk to her. But her venture, The Aegam Decor Cafe, is exactly experience personified. The quaint little cafe in the Guruswamy Nagar Main road in Gowriwakkam gives you a totally otherworldly feel when you walk into it.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”5414″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]“That is exactly what we had planned,” Jayasudha says. “We just wanted people to come in and relax and have a good experience with us. While they sip a coffee, they can also get some decor ideas or if they come in for some inspiration in interior designing, they can do it while sipping their pina colada.” The entire cafe is filled with furniture, upholstery, table lamps, lamp shades and whatever that needs to aesthetically take your house to next level.  At first look, the cafe looks effortlessly casual. But Jayasudha tells us it has been in the plan and rumination for a long time.

“I really don’t want to bore you with the whole routine of “Engineering-Job-unsatisfied” story. But that is what happened. And after a while, when I decided to take up a course in interior design in the USA, I knew it was all me. Since very little, I was more into the design and couldn’t stand mediocrity.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]So did she just finish her degree and land up a cushy interior designer job?

“It was hardly that. I interned in an architecture company for one year with no pay, just to develop my portfolio. I worked almost all locations and almost all the times I was called for. But it helped me understand the business nuances which made Aegam LLP a success when we set it up in Chennai. I consulted for home and commercial spaces for interior design and soon I was able to make a name out for Aegam. If not for that experience, it would have taken a long time than it took me now.”

When she started off, Jayasudha worked from home and soon people wanted to have a look and feel of the furniture and design ideas she was proposing. Thus, Aegam Decor Cafe was born. The East Tambaram residents couldn’t have been happier. Apart from the amazing decor and lip-smacking menu Aegam Decor cafe is available for photo shoots, and regularly hosts musicians and bands for live music.

“Why should people travel all the way to Alwarpet and Mylapore for the fun?” Jayasudha smiles. “And the talent in Chennai is amazing and people have encouraged us so far.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”5416,5402,5403,5404,5405,5406,5408,5409,5407,5413,5412,5411,5410″ img_size=”500×500″][vc_column_text]How did the conservative Chennai accept the idea of a Decor Cafe?

“It is all about the experience,” Jayasudha says. “We train our staff and reiterate about customer interaction on daily basis. We take it up as our responsibility to explain everything they are curious about, be it the food or the decor items. And I am always around to have a little chat about the food or their dream home. We make it a point to convert every person who steps into our cafe to a regular customer. And so far it has worked. And we intend to up our game in giving a great experience.”[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”5419″ img_size=”300×200″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Jayasudha’s husband Kirthi and her daughter Athira can be seen in the cafe most of the time. It could be hard enough to be a working mom; how it feels for a mompreneur, we ask. “Both Aegam and Athira were my choices and I make sure that I take care of them both. To me family is everything. As a mother, I chose to be available for my daughter whenever she needs me irrespective of the business situations and I have made peace with it. Since I love both Aegam and Athira equally, I haven’t ever had the feeling of falling short in giving care. I do what I do with all my heart.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Aegam enjoys enviable customer loyalty. The customers bring in goodies, sometimes paintings as a gift to their beloved cafe. And Aegam pays back in kind. They have the best decor items handpicked personally by Jayasudha from all around the world and when one piece is out of stock, they don’t restock it. “We want our customers to be as unique as us. We are partners in this.” She says.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A lot of people want to live such a dream. A handful of people would have had the same idea. How is it to live in such a dream, we ask.

This idea was brewing in our minds for more than five years. We had established a process, waited till we crossed-off every sub-goal we had written down and here we are. While we have the heart of artists, we also had to develop the mind of businessmen to make this a sustainable venture. If anybody wants to see their dream come true, I would say that they have to invest their time in learning the business part of it and practice the learned skills to become financially independent and then go for it. Take it from me, success tastes far sweeter that way.”

It is almost one year since its inception, what is the takeaway? “We have smaller goals. We open the doors of our cafe with hope and close the business with satisfaction and smile on face at the end of the day. And trust me, that is just enough.” Jayasudha signs off[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Aegam Decor Cafe is located at 1, Guruswamy Nagar Main Rd, Sivagami Nagar, Gowrivakkam, Sembakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600073. Walk in for a relaxed evening, a super tasty cappuccino and a chat with inspiring Jaysudha Seenivasan and Kirthi. It would be an evening to remember.[/vc_column_text][vc_gmaps link=”#E-8_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”][vc_column_text]Follow them in instagram

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Urban Desi House – Sehaj Sahni

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][brando_blockquote brando_token_class=”brando_blockquote_1523767855-2-13″]It’s all about collaboration between youngsters[/brando_blockquote][vc_column_text]Sehaj Sahni, the founder of Indian Youth Cafe, a space for creative collaborations, speaks about it. [/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”5375″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]“My close friend, the one whom I looked up to, committed suicide in 2014 due to depression. He was depressed being stuck in a wrong career. It struck me hard that I resolved to create spaces for the youth to connect and collaborate,” says Sehaj Sahni, the founder of Urban Desi House, Chennai.

His project named Indian Youth Café has till date provided space for 50000+ young people to connect and work with each other in the areas of arts, comedy, theatre, films and entrepreneurship. Urban Desi House, which is a part of this project, proves his point.

‘Youth cafes’ is an idea borrowed from the West. These are community-oriented places with affordable food and beverages aiming to cater to the youngsters of that community.

“The idea was to bring them all to one place so that they can engage in productive activities,” says Sahni.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Born in Delhi and brought up in Patna, Sahni saw his friends struggling between wanting to pursue their dreams and trying to fit into stereotypical career paths like engineering and Public services. “People generally have a narrow perspective of success,” he says.

The pursuit of engineering education brought him to Chennai. His college days were quite disappointing since all he saw was his classmates getting hammered and stoned. He graduated from Sathyabama University in 2012 and joined Cognizant Technology Solutions as an engineer.

“The effect of my late teens and college days stayed with me and I wanted to do something to help people pursue their passion,” he says.

However, it was not until 2014 that Sahni decided to call it quits at Cognizant to start-up. “That suicide was the trigger for me to set up Indian Youth Café,” he says.

Indian Youth Café started with a broad vision of bridging the disconnect between youth. “Startup ideas get killed in the root because there is nobody to hear those out,” says Sahni, adding that his cafes would provide a platform for enterprising people. “Youth cafes are self-sustained too and run on their own profits,” he adds.

“People are getting jobs, no doubt about it. But, are they able to lead a good life with it? With the growing population, unless we begin creating jobs, I don’t think unemployment can be solved,” he adds.

Sahni, hence, wrote to 18 State Governments requesting land to start the café. Not one responded. Then with the help of his friends, Sahni set up the Urban Desi House as the first ever Youth Café in 2015.

In 2017, Indian Youth Café was recognised by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) as one among the Top 3000 Startups in the country. “As an entrepreneur, you have to engage with the government actively. It is not enough to say that you run a start-up. It has to have a legal identity from day one. It will need cash, but once you register and make your company a legally valid one, you can easily navigate through the world of business,” says Sahni.

Calling himself politically neutral, Sahni said that the government’s abilities are limited. “I don’t believe it when people blame the government without doing their part. See, I run a start-up in Chennai and if I call for people to join me today, how many do you think will approach me?” he asks.

Working on their new project named ‘Xpress Kitchens’ which is a cloud catering service, Sahni says that this rules out the risk of initial investment for people who wish to start their own venture. “This is a risk and revenue sharing arrangement, where we will provide all that is necessary to successfully set up a food business,” adds Sahni.

Dedicating a large portion of his success to his family, Sahni says that the initial worrying and scepticism is normal in any household. “As days go by, slowly they will understand that you chose to be this and that you are happy with this [entrepreneurship],” he adds.

A volunteer for the United Nations, Sahni now leads a campaign named ‘Not too young to run’. “This campaign is to bring a bill in the Parliament to lower the age group for electoral posts from 25 to 18 for Lok Sabha seats and from 30 to 25 for Rajya Sabha seats. The idea is that if you are old enough to vote, you are old enough to run the office,” he says. “This campaign is a success in Nigeria. The average age of politicians in India is 69 and I don’t think this is ever going to change. But it is worth trying,” adds Sahni getting ready for his next appointment.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width=”10″][vc_column_text]Interviewed by Megha Kaveri for[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

A Walk Exploring Sculptures and Iconography

Robert Langdon, a fictional slueth created by Dan Brown, is described as someone who had got degrees from several top notch colleges, speaks twelve languages, read ancient scriptures, gives charismatic lectures. But he is actually a professor of symbology and most of the novels written by Dan Brown revolves around Science and Religion. If you like Robert Langdon, or his field of study, religious symbology and Iconography, Prastara has a treat for you this weekend.

The Indian subcontinent, over many centuries has had a thriving tradition of shilpas and paintings. This walk will explore the symbolism of some of the rarest Hindu, Jain and Buddhist sculptures, as a first step to understand the cultural context and their significance. The walk will be conducted at the Madras Museum which is home to exquisite sculptures from different dynasties of India.

This guided tour is free.

Date: Sunday, 15th April 2018

Duration: 10 am to 12 pm

Meeting Time: 9:45 am

Meeting Point: Egmore Museum Theatre, Chennai

Nearest Transport Stop: Ashoka Hotel Bus Stop

Walk Leader: Jayakumar Sundararaman

Jayakumar Sundararaman- Born in Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, S. Jayakumar is a performing Carnatic musician trained at Kalakshetra and an independent researcher on cultural history of South India., he founded Prastara, an NGO for preservation and conservation of heritage.

A firm believer that a greater understanding of our past will increase the chances of creating a better future, Jayakumar is also the Chief Editor & a contributor to the online bilingual monthly magazine on art and culture of Prastara. He also holds a Masters in Music and History and has been trained in Epigraphy under stalwarts including Dr. R. Nagaswamy and Prof. S. Ramachandran.

Prastara is a Chennai based charitable trust created with an initiative to identify, document, preserve and share the sources of cultural information with special regard to the History and Heritage, which are sliding into decline mostly as a result of contemporary mind-set and lack of awareness amongst the general public. Link-

Medium: Bilingual (English/ Tamil)

Things to keep in mind:

  • Mandatory registration closes after 20 entries.
  • Step 1- Please like and share the page to register.
  • Step 2- Fill the form to confirm your registration

After the online registration, do inform through a text message or an email, before the walk, if you are unable to attend it.Register only if your participation is confirmed. One participation per registration.

Contact: 9884013485 (Jayakumar)


  • Entry fee of Rs. 15 and Rs. 250 for Indians and Non-Indians respectively to be borne by the participant. Please purchase the entry ticket before coming to the meeting point.
  • Ticket has to be purchased for photography inside the museum.

You can RSVP in their Facebook Event Page too. 


Revathi Ramachandran – New Director of Kalakshetra

Kalakshetra Foundation, the arts and cultural academy was founded by Rukmini Arundale in 1936. The Founder Rukmini Devi Arundale visualized Kalakshetra to be a place where the essence of Indian thought would find expression through artistic education. Spread over almost 100 acres by the seashore in Chennai, the Kalakshetra foundation was without a director for more than ten months.

Since the end of tenure of Danseuse Priyadharshini Govind last July, the foundation remained without a director till recently. The alumni association and  previous director Ms. Leela Samson opined that it was not good for Kalakshetra Foundation to remain without head for so long. Following this Revathi Ramachandra, disciple of Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer, will soon take over as the director of Kalakshetra Foundation.

Ms. Revathi Ramachandran is a specialist in Shuddha Nrittam, which was restored by her guru Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer. The dance technique follows all the rules of Sastra, retains all the basic requirements of Nrittam, but does not incorporate the abhinaya and geetha. She has many awards to her name, including ‘Nadana Mamani’, ‘Yuva Kala Bharathi’, ‘Isai Kalai Chelvar’, ‘Vani Kala Sudhakara’ and ‘Natya Kala Sikhamani’.

Apart from this she was a gifted athlete in her school and college days in basketball, which is one of the reasons for her stamina.

Chennai joins UCCN list

The Creative Cities Network is a privileged partner of UNESCO, not only as a platform for reflection on the role of creativity as a lever for sustainable development but also as a breeding ground of action and innovation, notably for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 116 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

As many as 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by its Director General Irina Bokova. Chennai has been included in the list of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition

While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all creative cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies, the statement said.

“Within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, the Network provides a platform for cities to demonstrate culture’s role as an enabler for building sustainable cities,” it added.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.Some of the other cities included along with Chennai are Alba (Italy) for gastronomy, Almaty (Kazakhstan) for music and Auckland (New Zealand) for music, according to UNESCO.

Dare house

Parry’s, officially EID Parry (India) Ltd., from 1976, dates to Thomas Parry’s arrival in Madras in 1788 and registered as a Free Merchant. Several partnerships followed from 1790 before the firm became Parry & Co in 1839, but the most significant of those partnerships was when John William Dare joined it in 1819 and, over the next 20 years, made it the premier business house in the South and one of the leading businesses in the country. His contribution is recognized in the name of the art deco building that opened its doors on the Parry site in 1940 as Dare House, when its other tenants felt that putting Parry House on their letterheads would be tantamount to supportive advertising.

The site, even without the tag `Corner’, is a historical one. It was here that Comte de Lally, the French commander, sited his artillery while besieging Fort St. George in 1758-59 and `cannonaded’ the fort to the tune of constant shelling. After the French siege was lifted and the Esplanade created – Parry’s still tend a boundary-marker of that open space – John Company’s Chief Engineer, John Call, built a garden house on the site. He sold the house to Nawab Muhammed Ali, whose daughter Begum Malikunisa occupied it for several years. It then appears to have been sold by the Nawab’s successor to Lautour & Co who, in turn, sold it to Thomas Parry. Here Parry re-built the house in Palladian style, with godowns on the ground floor and offices on the third floor. As business grew, more godowns were added and, in 1864, a third storey was added out of the profits of the cotton boom that followed the outbreak of the American Civil War.

In 1897, a new multi-storeyed block was added to the campus, at the corner of what is now NSC Bose Road and Moor Street. Called Lawyers’ Block, it housed a few of the Parry’s offices, but mainly offered chambers to several lawyers of the time, including the well-known Eardley Norton who had suggested the development of the block. The lawyers were turned out in 1919 when Parry’s needed more space and plans began to be made for a new building. The Great War, the greater depression and other considerations put the plans on hold; it was not till the mid-1930s that the plans began to be looked at again. Eventually it was 1938 before the Begum’s house, the Company’s numerous additions and Lawyers’ Block were all pulled down and work began on a four-storey building that its architects, Ballardie, Thompson and Matthews of Calcutta, estimated would cost Rs. 1.2 million. When the building opened in 1940, the top storeys were leased to the American Consulate, the Madras Chamber of Commerce and the European Association, making Parry’s Corner an even more prestigious address. By the early 1950s, more space and became essential, so Parry’s not only ended the tenancies, but also built Parry’s Building behind Dare House as well as Parry Annexe across from it in Moor Street.

Source: The Hindu

May Day Park

On 28 January 1869, a resolution was passed by the Madras municipality proposing the creation of a park at the site of the stables of Messrs. Burghall and Company in Chintadripettah. The proposal was forwarded to the Government of Madras Presidency and on 15 April 1869, the proposal was approved and land was allotted for the construction of the park.

The park was named after Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras at the time of its creation.
The park covers about 14.5 acres was opened to the public on 13 September 1950 by the then Minister of Agriculture, A. B. Shetty.

The park is used to hold public meetings during the May Day celebrations when rallies are conducted from the park. The park is divided into two portions. There are facilities for cricket, football, volleyball and badminton on the eastern and western sides of the park.

May Day Park
May Day Park is today a shadow of its former self. Shrunk considerably from its original 14-acre-glory thanks to the Metro, the park still remembers its rechristening as May Day Park in 1990 with a plaque on the central crumbling rock sculpture.

Its first avatar as Napier Park (after then Governor, Lord Napier), was founded in 1869 over lands once used as stables by carriage-makers Burghall. Possibly renamed for its proclivity to vast employers with active labour unions the park today is home to the city’s annual May Day celebrations.

The park has been adopted and maintained by Simpson & Co

Source: Wikipedia

Chennai Metro Rail

Being the 4th largest city in India with the population of the metropolitan area being about 8 million and vehicular population around 26Lakhs, till date Chennai is being served with the transport systems – Suburban rails, MTRS and MTC buses.

Chennai Metro Rail Limited – incorporated on 03 December 2007 under the Companies Act has now been converted into a Joint Venture of Government of India and Government of Tamil nadu with equal equity holding.

The newly introduced Metro Rail is faster, reliable, convenient, efficient, modern and economical mode of public transport which is properly with other forms of public and private transports including buses, sub urban trains and MTRTS.

The long wait of people of the city to travel by Chennai Metro Rail finally come to an end with the first service chugging off at noon on 29-June-2015 after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated the project through a video conference

Four years after work began, the first metro train left Alandur station for Koyambedu. Steered by a young woman, the first train of the Chennai Metro Rail chugged along from Alandur Station in Chennai after being flagged off !

Chennai Metro Rail

The train operation plan provides for 4.5 minutes Headway with 4 – Car train in Corridor – I & II during peak hours and 10 minutes Headway during lean hours in the initial stage of train service.

Koyambedu to Alandur: 15 minutes

1. The trains run on a fixed time table everyday. The timetable is prepared the previous day factoring in frequency, peak and non-peak hour etc. An announcement system is in place to inform passengers of an incoming train.

2. In case of an emergency, a passenger can get in touch with train operator. He communicates with the operation control centres who in turn intimate it to the next station controller to deboard the passenger.

3. Operation Control Centre (OCC) is the nerve centre where all trains of Chennai Metro Rail will be monitored.

4. Currently, there are seven people in OCC including chief controller and traffic controllers.

5. If the driver falls ill during train operation, the train automatically applies emergency brake and stops.

6. If there is a problem at the OCC, the control is transferred to backup stations like Ashok Nagar and Koyambedu.

7. The trains are currently tested on both manual and automatic mode.

8. Chennai Metro Rail trains are equipped to run without train operators. But for a while, they will run with train operators.


Initially nine trains will be used for operations from Koyambedu to Alandur which covers a distance of 10 km with a passenger capacity of each train: 1,200 at average speed of train: 35 kmph and Maximum operating speed: 80 km/hour. The duration of halt in each station: 30 seconds with Running of services for 19 hours of the day (6 AM to Midnight)
Chennai Metro Rail will be the first metro project in the country that will integrate other public transportation systems.
After the success of the Delhi Metro, a similar system has been planned for the city of Chennai by E. Sreedharan of the DMRC.
Chennai Metro runs in standard gauge measuring 1435 mm. The rail tracks for Chennai Metro are being manufactured in Brazil and imported to Chennai. The rails for Chennai Metro weigh 60 kg per metre, as against 52 kg per meter used by Indian Railways.
Electricity for the Metro will be supplied by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. Once the operating of trains commence by 2015, Metro rail will need nearly 70 MW power to operate trains and for lighting and air conditioning of stations

.The Metro has a depot at Koyambedu. The depot features ballast-less tracks of 15 route kilometres. The depot, spread over 26 hectares, houses maintenance workshops, stabling lines, a test track and a washing plant for the trains. It also houses the Operational Control Centre (OCC) for the Metro Rail from where movement of trains across the city can be monitored.
The 6-storey admin building of Chennai Metro is located at Koyambedu depot. It is designed to accommodate the officials of CMRL as well as the equipment’s needed to control the metro system. It also accommodates the Operation Control Centre, described as the heart of the metro operations, to monitor the movements of trains in the main line and the equipment rooms belonging to various systems involved in the metro operation. The building is a Gold-rated “LEED-Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”-certified building. Depot control centre in the admin building will also monitor the movements of trains inside the depot.
The Operation Control Centre (OCC), the nerve center of the metro rail network, controls the entire Metro Rail network and its operations. Everything in the train will be pre-set. The train speed, routing, signal, halting and maneuvering of the train will be controlled from the OCC. It also monitors the real-time CCTV footages obtained from the stations and on-board cameras.
While lots of good things happen there will always be a room for gossips..

Regarding the tariff it might end up burning a hole in the pockets of commuters. With a fare of Rs. 40 for 10 km between Alandur and Koyambedu, Chennai Metro Rail is now the costliest in the country.


Greater Chennai

Madrasapattinam or Chennapattinam were the name of old Madras. What was once a small port and trading centre has now become a residential, commercial, industrial and IT hub of South India. The fourth largest metropolitan in the country is developing on a lightning pace. With more and more areas coming under the cover of Chennai, greater importance and fast development is happening in the suburban Chennai.

The center areas of the city are developing into commercial zones. Hence most of the city’s population has moved to sub-urban Chennai considering the property rates in the commercial areas and the cost of living as well. Chennai Metropolitan consists of Chennai district, parts of Thiruvallur district and parts of Kanchipuram district. The existing area of Chennai is 174 sq km. The expansion of Chennai is planned to cover the surrounding area of 256 sq km. Greater Chennai will be 430 sq km in total. Greater Chennai has the potential to connect every part of the city and the towns outside the city with better infrastructure and transportation making the commutation time less and comfortable to the people.

The following is the list of local bodies that has been included in the greater Chennai corporation:

9 Municipalities – Kathivakkam, Thiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Maduravoyal, Valasaravakkam, Alandur and Ullagaram – Puuzhuthivakkam.

8 Town Panchayats – Chinna Sekkadu, Puzhal, Porur, Nandambakkam, Meenambakkam, Perungudi, Pallikaranai and Sholinganallur.

25 Village Panchayats – Idayanchavady, Sadayankuppam, Kadapakkam, Theeyambakkam, Mathur, Vadaperumbakkam, Suraipet, Kathirvedu, Puthagaram, Nolambur, Karambakkam, Nerkundram, Ramapuram, Mugalivakkam, Manapakkam, Kottivakkam, Pallavakkam, Neelankarai, Injambakkam, Karapakkam, Okkiyum-Thoraipakkam, Madipakkam, Jalladampet, Semmanchery and Uthandi.

42 neighboring local bodies have been brought under city limits being part of greater Chennai. The existing city is struggling to get proper infrastructure. With the addition of more local bodies to the existing city is going to need more efficient and effective planning and implementation which would lie depending upon the political stability. In spite of the expansion plans, the implementation lies in the hands of the political group of the ruling government. This has been a biggest drawback in Chennai. Hope that plans would be implemented considering the welfare of the people and not dependent on the ruling government.