Rs 400 crore flyover to connect OMR, ECR in Chennai

omr-ecrA flyover connecting the Old Mahabalipuram Road and the East Coast Road is now a step closer to reality. The design of the flyover that would start near Tidel Park on OMR and land on ECR was given a go-ahead by a technical committee of the state highways department that met a few days ago. “The alignment of the flyover was decided in December last. Now we have decided where the arms will come and where exactly the flyover will land,” said an official of the state highways department.

TOI was the first to report when the alignment committee gave its nod in December last. The flyover will begin just after the small bridge on the Buckingham Canal on West Avenue Road. It will then cross the much-dreaded Lattice Bridge Road junction, turn right and then land on ECR near the Thiruvanmiyur RTO. “The final detailed project report will be submitted in three months. A tender will then be floated and work on land acquisition will start in a year,” said the official.

This is touted to be one of the most expensive flyovers in the city, given its size. “The cost has been estimated at Rs 400 crore,” said the official.

Unlike previous projects, land acquisition will be completed before construction begins. “This is to ensure that cost of construction doesn’t keep increasing with delays in land acquisition,” said the engineer. Construction of flyovers in Porur, Moolakadai and Thirumangalam has been delayed due to land acquisition issues.

Commuters on the stretch say that while the flyover would make a difference, the Tidel Park junction is still a bigger problem. “This flyover will make a difference, albeit a small one. It is a temporary solution and the bigger problem is at Tidel Park,” said Suresh Menon, a cinematographer who has been working with the Chennai Traffic Police on solutions for traffic management in the area. “While one would take 10 minutes to cross the traffic signal at LB Road, it takes at least 45 minutes to cross Tidel Park signal. Coming from Madhya Kailash, traffic piles up well past Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station,” he said.

Earlier this year, the state government announced that a 45-km elevated road would connect Madhya Kailash and Mahabalipuram. “We will soon appoint a consultant to study the feasibility of this project as well,” said a highways engineer.

Additional commissioner of police (traffic) Karuna Sagar said this was the only real solution in sight. “There is nothing else we can do to manage the traffic flow. It takes more than one signal cycle to clear traffic and hopefully the situation will improve after these projects,” he said.

Source: The Times of India, Chennai

Sholinganallur in Chennai attracts investors and end users

OMR Tidel Park junctionA suburban locality of Chennai, Sholinganallur, has witnessed a rapid growth due to the developing IT corridor. Located in the Southern zone of the city, the real estate market here has witnessed a boom both in the residential as well as the commercial sphere. The developing IT business parks and the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have fueled growth not only in Sholinganallur but also the neighbouring suburbs such as Perungudi, Taramani and Siruseri.

The residential offerings in Sholinganallur include multi-storey apartments, single floor apartments, residential house and villas. Residential plots are also available to consumers who plan to invest in the locality. The value of these residential properties is within Rs 35 lakh to over Rs 1 crore. The commercial property market consists of commercial office space, commercial land and industrial land. The value of commercial properties is within Rs 9 crore to Rs 60 crore. Madhu S, Owner of a commercial space in Sholinganallur says “Sholinganallur is an upcoming locality in Chennai, placed along the OMR Highway, which is the home to technology companies. The increasing monetary appreciation of land, residential and commercial holdings due to its location advantage has benefitted us tremendously.”

The social and civic infrastructure of Sholinganallur is well developed. Schools, colleges, hospitals and hotels are present in abundance. It is well connected by the OMR Road and the East Coast road to other parts of the city. Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Chennai) Ltd buses and autorickshaws are modes of public transport for the residents. Velachery MRTS Railway Station is the nearest railway station.

The major demand drivers in this locality are its close proximity to the IT hubs and availability of apartments in the economically weaker section (EWS) category as mandated by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA).

Sholinganallur is an important locality of south Chennai. The demand for both residential and commercial properties has risen significantly in the last couple of years. Several factors such as easy connectivity, employment opportunities and close proximity to holiday destinations such as ECR beach have attributed towards its growth in demand.

Elevated corridor along OMR to be country’s longest

To facilitate a smooth ride for thousands of people hitting the IT corridor everyday, the Tamil Nadu government has announced an elevated corridor along the 45km Old Mahabalipuram Road. It would be the country’s longest such corridor, much longer than the Hyderabad airport-city link which is 11.6km.

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa said the government would soon prepare a detailed project report. The announcement comes at a time when the 19km Chennai Port-Maduravoyal elevated corridor, being built by NHAI, is stalled because of the objections raised by the state government.

Jayalalithaa made a slew of announcements in the assembly on road infrastructure development, including on multi-level vehicle parking at Siruseri, rail over- bridges and road widening projects estimated to cost 2,000 crore.

The elevated corridor would be built in two phases, from Taramani to Siruseri and Siruseri to Mammallapuram. “This is to decongest the chaotic traffic emanating from the large number of IT firms, multi-storied buildings and educational institutions along this road. 5 crore will be allocated for the detailed project report,” she said. The IT corridor was initiated by Jayalalithaa during her earlier tenure.

The 45km long stretch starts at Madhya Kailash Temple junction on Sardar Patel Road and ends on East Coast Road, parallel to the Old Mahabalipuram Road. The prestigious TIDEL park is also located on this road.

Rs. 260 cr. sanctioned for OMR Phase II

Cattle on OMR in Kelambakkam

The State government has sanctioned Rs. 260 crore towards land acquisition for the widening of the second phase of Old Mamallapuram Road. Phase II of OMR, which is currently a four-lane stretch with a median, will be widened into six lanes.

This 26.8 km stretch, under the charge of the State Highways Department, will run from Siruseri to Poonjeri, where it will join the East Coast Road. Two new by-passes have been planned to avoid areas that are urbanised and have too many buildings. The road will run through 13 revenue villages and nearly 200 acres of land are required to widen it. One by-pass, running to a length of 4.67 km, will come up in Padur and reach Thaiyyur-B village, by-passing Kelambakkam. Similarly, the other by-pass of 5.75 km will take off in Kalavakkam and join Vengaleri. It will by-pass Thiruporur and Thandalam.

Widening the road to six lanes and strengthening it is imperative, as a lot of development is taking place beyond Siruseri, which has a SIPCOT park. A large number of residential complexes and several colleges too have come up to Thiruporur, which also witnesses a high volume of traffic.

Phase I not complete

Though tolling operations on Rajiv Gandhi Salai (the stretch that runs from Madhya Kailash to Siruseri) began in December 2008, work on the road is yet to be completed. Residents complain that pedestrians are forced to walk on the road as the pavements are unfinished in many places. G. Sathish, a resident of Semmancheri said: “They collect toll fees but what kind of service are they providing? Water stagnates on the road when it rains, and streets leading from the road also get flooded. The road smacks of lack of planning. There is no traffic management. Too many accidents happen.”

According to sources in the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company, which manages Rajiv Gandhi Salai, work on the footpaths and service lanes are expected to be completed by the end of September.


Shelter by the sea

The collective architecture of the plush beach houses on the ECR speaks of a highly-refined taste and class. Prince Frederick takes a trip down the beach to see houses that blend with the sea and the sand



AS you drive through the many roads that lead you off East Coast Road to the Bay of Bengal, you will notice many a house thumbing its nose at the constructivist, utilitarian, and an almost anti-aesthetic approach that defines urban architecture. Features that repeat themselves with great frequency are meticulously tended gardens, galleries that provide a panoramic view of the sea, balconies that have been corbelled out and balconettes that make the windows stand out. And, all the houses are capped by saddleback roofs with beautifully undulating red tiles, which, interestingly, is the most easily recognisable feature that runs through the ECR. This common aesthetics is in keeping with one of the Coastal Regulation Zone norms that says: “The design and construction of the buildings shall be consistent with the surrounding landscape and the local architectural style.” But whatever uniformity that you find is far from being monotonous. The collective architecture of the plush beach houses on the ECR speaks of a highly-refined taste and class that does not pale on you, no matter how many times you clap eyes on them.

“Beach houses should blend with the sea and the sand,” says Iranian architect Shahriar Dehghan, who has made Chennai his home and the ECR his stomping ground. His creative energies have given shape and style to beach houses that actively respond to their surroundings. “Beach houses should look like they have risen naturally out of the landscape. The building should not deform the natural beauty of the seafront. Be it 1,200 sqft or 10,000 sqft, a garden and a swimming pool are a must in a beach house. Construction of beach houses entails a study of geographical aspects such as climate and wind direction.”

One of the CRZ norms has it that beach houses cannot have more than one floor. Does this restriction stunt creativity? “On the contrary, this norm contributes heavily to the beauty of a beachside neighbourhood. World over, only cities and towns that are free of highrises score high on beauty. Within the city you are constrained to go vertical because of factors such as land prices and non-availability of vacant plots. Along the ECR, you can rise above this restriction. Land prices are relatively low, and those who go for beach houses are invariably people with enough means to purchase quite a chunk of land. Considering all this, where is the need to abandon aesthetics for functionality?”

And aesthetics sells on ECR, even if it comes with a hefty price tag.

“NRIs, expatriates, highly-paid software engineers who work on the parallel Old Mahabalipuram Road and other high income groups are increasingly settling down on ECR. They have the wherewithal to go for forms and structure that are based on Mediterranean or any other European architecture,” says Emmanuel Fernandez of Espana Builders and Developers, who are active on this road.

“Rental business is on an upswing. There are many beach houses that bring in a rent of Rs. 80,000 to one lakh. The demand for rental houses outstrips the supply by a long chalk.”

“With the NRIs showing an interest in ECR, land prices have spiralled. In the last few years, Neelangarai has registered an almost two-fold increase. Not uncommonly, landowners name their price and get it,” says M.M. Ahmed of Mariam and Co.

Norms violation

 As more and more people are bowled over by the charm of living on the ECR, violations are on the rise. It is said that there are quite a number of buildings that fly in the face of the CRZ stipulation that “construction/reconstruction of dwelling units between 200 and 500 metres of the High Tide Level (HTL) is permitted as long as it is within the ambit of traditional rights and customary uses such as existing fishing villages.”

“Thanks to such violations, CMDA notices fly thick and fast,” says Mr. Fernandez.

“As most of those who want to live very close to the sea are generally the rich, it is not much of a problem to them if their piece of property is not approved. They tell themselves `anyway we are not going to apply for building loans,'” says Rozario of Nathan Builders. In point of fact, land within 500 metres of HTL fetches its owner a higher price.

The growth along ECR has not been uniform, but conspicuously haphazard. Says Mr. Dehghan, “Land prices in Neelangarai are higher than they are in Pallavakkam which comes before Neelangarai. But after Neelangarai, land value dips greatly. But when you reach Akkarai, it goes up. The reasons are not far to seek. Neelangarai is a well-planned locality with an excellent layout. The same cannot be said of the other areas. They are characterised by the same shoddy planning that has wrecked Valmiki Nagar.”

Drainage system

 He comes down on the poor drainage system along the ECR. “You do not develop an area by laying roads and then dig them up to lay pipes. It is like putting the cart before the horse. Thorough planning should precede development.”

In many localities along the ECR, water is a sore point. Only bore-level water seems suitable for drinking purposes. And one cannot miss the lack of communion among neighbours. Many feel that they cannot count on their next-door residents for help during an emergency. Probably for this reason, many go for a security cover offered by not less than three dogs. Most of the roads that lead off the ECR culminate in fishermen’s villages. Those living in plush beach houses see in these fisherfolk a ready and willing help during an emergency.

Well, if you count the advantages and the disadvantages of living near the beach, you will in all likelihood find six of one and half a dozen of another. But there is one advantage that tips the scales – peace and quiet. It cannot be gainsaid that beach houses along the ECR provide these in an abundant measure. Longtime residents of Neelangarai, Rukmini Claes and her husband Rene Claes vouch for it.


ECR shoreside is home to the stars

Stretching for over 60 kilometres of coastline, East Coast Road (ECR), the ‘state-of-the-art’ neighbourhood of Chennai is emerging as the hottest property and the most preferred destination for K’Town film stars. DC takes a look at why, despite being pricey, ECR is a prestigious address for the rich and famous. Be it superstar Rajinikanth, Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan, Ajith or Ilaya Thalapathy Vijay. After a hard day’s work — whether in city studios or returning from outdoor locales, the ECR seems to be a peaceful haven everyone wants to retire to. The first ones to settle in this posh neighbourhood were the hot and happening celebrity couples Sarath Kumar-Radhika and Ajith-Shalini. After Sarath turned politician and became a popular figure in the area, his residence in Kalyani Nagar is always bustling with people. Sources reveal that Ajith who already lives in a secure posh apartment in Valmiki Nagar, has bought yet another beach abutting property to construct an independent villa. Actor Abbas and his fashion designer wife Erum Ali live on Seaward Road. Recent additions to the list of ECR migrants include maestro Ilayaraja, Vikram, Ramya Krishnan and Simran. The latest to be bitten by the ECR bug is young actor Jiiva who is building his ‘dream house’ and which, according to sources has a private beach. Abbas prefers to call it ‘home sweet home’ rather than house. “I love nature and always prefer to be close to the sea. My family lived in T Nagar initially, but when Erum and I wanted to move away from the hustle-bustle of the city, the first thing that came to our mind was quiet Thiruvanmayur.” He adds, “My house is basically functional with aesthetically designed interiors. What we wanted was a warm and cosy home rather than a mere structure.” The couple is popular in the social circle for hosting the best theme parties. Recently, Simran and her husband Deepak relocated to Chennai from Delhi and they chose to live in Uthandi in ECR. Says the pretty actor, “After a heavy day’s work, we need a peaceful atmosphere. It’s less polluted, less noisy and has a serene beauty.” Deepak says Simran is doing most of the interiors, picking up accessories whenever she travels abroad. He feels that every place has its advantages and disadvantages. “People say the sea breeze carries a lot of salt vapour which corrodes seaside houses over time. We are taking all measures, using anti-corrosive materials for the accessories and sanitary ware, and using wood for other areas”. Though Rajinikanth and Ilayaraja live in the heart of the city, their farmhouses in ECR provide them a refuge when they crave peace and relaxation. Rajini’s Kelambakkam farmhouse is famous for one more of his thoughtful gestures. The real superstar that he is, Rajnikanth has built a small shed outside his farmhouse where buttermilk and cool water is provided during the hot summer months. Hundreds of people thronging the place is a common sight; not only to relish the spicy buttermilk served there, but also hoping to get a glimpse of the star. Once, Alwarpet was synonymous with Kamal Haasan. The actor had made Alwarpet his abode, till a few years back, when he moved away from the city to the tranquil environs of Akkarai in ECR. Jiiva, who has bought property in a gated community in ‘Olive Beach’ near Ramya Krishnan’s house says, “I can call it my ‘Dream House’. I did lot of research before going for one near the beach. The house we are planning is more earthy and eco friendly. I once visited a sculptor’s house in France, which was built in the 16th century using natural materials. It was not lavish but very friendly and homely. I like the idea and will be applying it to my proposed residence. I am not going to use varnish or paint in my house”. What about facilities like schools and shops, and the problem of commuting to the city? Most of them feel ECR is worth the investment. Simran and Abbas concur. “Children are our priority. We have good international schools around here. Commuting is not a real problem – we can travel to work from anywhere. Nowadays, shootings are not restricted to the studios of Kodambakkam. We travel all over, to so many other places”. Jiiva feels that the ECR roads are broad and easy to drive on. “Even if my child has to travel to Adyar to school, it is not that far away”. A little birdie tells us that of late, Trisha has been toying with the idea of buying a property closer to her buddy Ramya Krishnan’s place and is seriously looking out for one!


Four Seasons – Affordable High Rise Apartments On ECR – Marg Swarnabhoomi

4 Seasons : Tallest apartment complex on ECR @ Rs. 1850/- p. sq.ft. only
– Four Seasons will have 4320 apartments which will be developed in various phases .

– Tallest apartment complex on ECR – Four Seasons will be of max .28 floors . We have launched 26 floors ( Summer block) in phase 1 .The other high rise buildings like Hiranandani Upscale ( 28 floors ) & TVH Oranya bay ( 29 floors ) are located on OMR and not on the East Coast Road .
– 2BHK Rs 18.57 lacs * is the starting price of a 2BHK flat measuring 1004 sq ft
–  Launched on 11.11.11 – this date is considered very auspicious as it comes once in 100 years hence we did the Four Seasons project pooja on 11.11.11
– Only Four Seasons will have (Wooden Floor in Master Bedroom, Foyer, Shear Wall Structure, Podium Car Parking, Main door Carved Teak wood, three side lifts for each blocks, Garbage Chute, Power Backup, etc)

Winter Spring Summer Autumn Total
2BHK+2T Blocks 8 2 5 4 19
3BHK+3T Blocks 5 5
2BHK+2T Apartments 1088 272 1072 864 3296
3BHK+3T Apartments 1024 1024
Total Apartments 4320
Assured Rentals
2BHK – Rs. 7,500/- per month
3BHK – Rs. 9,000/- per month

4Seasons-Marg swarnabhoomi

4Seasons-Marg swarnabhoomi

four seasons ,marg swarnabhoomi

four seasons – marg swarnabhoomi

marg swarnabhoomi - Four Seasons Apartment - view towards winter block from autumn

marg swarnabhoomi – Four Seasons Apartment – view towards winter block from autumn

marg swarnabhoomi - Four Seasons Apartments - sea view n lake view

marg swarnabhoomi – Four Seasons Apartments – sea view n lake view

Four Seasons - Marg Swarnabhoomi - LAYOUT PLAN

Four Seasons – Marg Swarnabhoomi – LAYOUT PLAN

  • 1000 acres of lush greenery
  • 6 acres of water bodies
  • 21 acres of integrated world class sports facility
  • 19,000 planted trees
  • Innovation Park and science Park
  • Music Academy
  • Schools, Colleges, Hospital and IT Park
  • Swimming pool, Clubhouse, ATM and other top-notch amenities
  • Massive rain water harvesting structures
  • Sea view homes with natural light

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