The Anna arch was built in 1985 to commemorate the 75th birth anniversary of former chief minister C Annadurai inagurated by Hon’ble Dr.M.G.Ramachandran on 1st Jan 1986. The two grand arches is 57-feet high and was checked for structural stability in order to withstand cyclones. The arches were designed by Ganapathy Sthapathi and completed in a span of just 105 days.The arch is made of cement and is called sudhai. The arch marking the entrance to Anna Nagar, formerly known as Naduvakkarai, will soon make way for two flyovers and a subway. Anna Nagar, named after former chief minister C Annadurai, was developed in the 1970s by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB). It was well planned with wide roads, following the American model of development.
Though the structure has no heritage value, residents say it serves as a landmark for people from other parts of the city who are unfamiliar with Anna Nagar, this arch was the easiest way to guide them..
The arch was to be dismantled to make way for a Rs. 117 crore-flyover at the junction of Poonamallee High Road and Anna Nagar 3 Avenue. The State government had announced that the arches would not be demolished, there was some confusion as to whether the present arches could be demolished and new ones constructed in their place as a portion of the arch had been cut. The decision also meant a change in the design of the flyover. On a sudden move after a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who said the arches must be restored and the work should commence immediately.
After a month’s work, the Highways Department has restored Anna Arch back in its original position. The arch, which was cut at the points where it joins the pedestals on either side, has been affixed without compromising its strength or alignment.