Feb 2019

OMR – Chennai’s right of passage

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Old Mahabalipuram Road to the Madrasis and OMR to the Chennaiites, this iconic passage in Chennai has seen the best of urban growth in the last two decades. As with every swiftly developing region, OMR sees a riveting mix of towering structures, neatly trimmed hedges, people on wheels, and chaotic Monday mornings.

OMR snakes its way through over fifteen localities in a 45-kilometer stretch, connecting the delightful coastal town of Mahabalipuram (from which the Road gets its name) to Chennai City. Home to numerous IT Parks and prominent MNCs, it doesn’t come as a surprise that this particular part of Chennai is highly coveted by office spaces and homeowners alike.

While traditional homeowners may think that moving to suburbs is not the best choice for them, hotspots like Kandanchavadi, Perungudi, Sholinganallur, Semmencherry, and Siruseri have seen staggering appreciation in real estate prices in the last 5 years alone. The steep rise in new flats for sale in Chennai has also seen a consequent growth of reputed schools and colleges in this part of the city.

Apartments in OMR are ideal for those that want the bustle of city life and still be able to beat the traffic home on a workday. Most of these projects offer a plethora of amenities including fully fitted homes, expansive recreation spaces, and through security; residents hardly travel far for everyday luxuries.

On the other hand, however, this rapid urbanization does not take away the charm that the other face of OMR has to offer. The lilting sounds of the beach are less than 15 minutes away, and a casual drive to Mahabalipuram might be just the thing for a lazy weekend. The entire passage is peppered with food joints and eateries of every cuisine, adding to the hip urban new-city appeal.

Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

The massive growth that OMR has seen is certainly not overlooked by the city’s authorities. The recent Global Investors Meet in Chennai has reiterated the Government’s interest in developing the localities across OMR. With the latest Metro Rail line that goes all the way till Siruseri, and a proposal to add a Metro Water plant for better groundwater in these areas, authorities are well on their way to delivering a high standard of living for its inhabitants.

The slew of office spaces and infrastructure projects ensures that OMR continues to attract millennials, residential investment, and the authorities’ attention, making it a bigger and better Chennai. We don’t see it going away any time soon.

Splendour by Appaswamy Real Estates, Semmenchery

Appaswamy’s Splendour is located in Semmenchery, Old Mahabalipuram Road. Offering a host of modern amenities, these apartments are the answer for those seeking the coveted life on OMR.

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