Rajiv Gandhi Salai
The OMR or Old Mahabalipuram Road is a stretch of State Highway 49A which originates from Madhya Kailash Temple Junction, Sardar Patel Road, Adyar in south Chennai and moves further south to reach Mahabalipuram at Kanchipuram district and ultimately merges with East Coast Road.
This 45 km. stretch of road bears a particular significance in the perspective of Chennai. This road is now newly named as Rajiv Gandhi Salai which was otherwise popularly known as IT corridor. This stretch of road houses the offices of all major IT conglomerates of India from which the popular name of IT corridor was derived.
Realizing the importance of this road and its impact on local economy the Tamilnadu government came up with ambitious developmental project for infrastructure development. To plan and execute this developmental program, a special purpose organization was formed by the Tamilnadu government as a wholly owned subsidiary and was named as IT Expressway Limited ( ITEL). The objective of ITEL was to complete the dream project which will highlight Chennai to the international business houses as the most acceptable destination in India in terms of facility and infrastructure.
ITEL took up the project of making a six-lane highway in two phases, the first phase was from Kailash Temple to Siruseri where there would be a IT park and the next phase was from Siruseri to Mahabalipuram. The first phase, stretching 20 km., after much delay has been opened and is fully operational now.. Developmental work is going on for Phase - 2.
Developed by the Tamilnadu state government as an attractive IT destination in India, the OMR or Rajiv Gandhi Salai already houses offices of TCS, Infosys, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Accenture India, Wipro, Polaris Software Lab., HCL Technologies Ltd. and the likes. And also there are many other national and international IT firms have their offices there.
Besides the above developmental project, The State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamilnadu Ltd. (SIPCOT) has come up with a Cyber city spanning across 2000 acres in Siruseri. This strategically located Cyber city with state of the art modern facilities have already found many companies desiring to set up their business operation from there. The cyber city is also operational already.
As IT jobs are specialized skilled jobs and require educated and well trained staffs for the smooth functioning of their projects, many famous educational institutes have also founded various colleges and training institutes in this zone. One of the famous institutes in the vicinity is National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
A maritime university named National maritime University, the first of its kind in India, is also being built in Shollinganallur, The university complex will also house an Aquarium, National Maritime Museum etc.
With the technological boom worldwide the realtors could not be left behind. Numerous realty and housing development firms, famous and not so famous alike have come up with commercial and housing development projects in this area. This sector is seeing a boom in the vicinity when Tamilnadu government allowed building of commercial and housing complexes in places reserved for industrial sector only. This exception was made possible in this area only where areas reserved for IT sector was opened and special permission was given for the use of non- industrial activity in places reserved for IT industrial activity, on a case by case basis.
The future of this area, Rajiv Gandhi Salai/ OMR looks very bright indeed when the second phase of development will be completed and becomes fully operational. National and international business houses are watching closely to reap full benefit from this development.
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