Chennai today

Fast forward

On the Tata Consultancy Services campus in the IT park of the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu. Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg
Multistoreyed residential apartments at Egattur on East Coast Road near Siruseri. Chennai's skyline has been changing, especially on the IT Corridor, home to many software companies. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
A trial run of the Chennai Metro on the 4.5-km viaduct between Koyambedu and Ashok Nagar. The Chennai Metro's detailed project report envisages 7.74 lakh passenger trips a day in 2016 and 12.85 lakh passenger trips a day in 2026. Photo: Bijoy Ghosh
The domestic terminal at Chennai Airport. It is said to be India's third busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic. According to 2012 figures, it handles 13.5 million passengers annually and about 325 aircraft movements a day. Photo: Bijoy Ghosh
Inside the Express Avenue mall. Spencer Plaza in the city is India's oldest mall. The growth of consumerism has led Chennai, like other metropolises, to incorporate the newest features in shopping and entertainment, including multiplexes. Photo: R. Ravindran
Anna Salai, formerly Mount Road, chock-a-block with vehicles at Saidapet. Chennai's vehicle population has been increasing fast: it crossed the 37-lakh mark in 2012. Photo: Vishal Mohan
A view from the Light House on the Marina at night. The Marina is the second largest urban beach in the world. At weekends and on holidays, it is crowded with people and vendors of all sorts. Photo: R. RAVINDRAN
The Kathipara grade separator. The cloverleaf flyover, said to be one of the largest in South Asia, is at the intersection of the Grand Southern Trunk Road (NH 45), Inner Ring Road, Anna Salai and Mount-Poonamallee Road. Photo: S. Vasanth