The Corporation of Chennai (CoC) in cooperation with Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited commissioned TOWNLAND in association with Jones Lang Lasalle Meghraj to prepare an Urban Redevelopment Plan (686 ha) for Thyagaraya Nagar (T Nagar) within the City of Chennai. This Project seeks to move away from short term improvement measures to a holistic area based development approach for T Nagar.
T Nagar is located in the central part of Chennai and is a major commercial hub for the City and a major transfer point for rail-road commuters. The area is experiencing major congestion as a result of high level commerce, a host of informal activities, limited integration of infrastructure between the railways and City Government transport facilities and limited enforcement of Building Codes. The key problem addressed in formulating an Area Development Strategy and Redevelopment Plan for T Nagar is the need for a balance between activity growth and access.
TOWNLAND’s redevelopment proposal focuses on ensuring ease in movement and sustainable accessibility of vehicles, goods, commerce and pedestrians by proposing an underground tunnel for through traffic; strategically located multi-storey car parks; areas for traffic calming; and areas to be designated ‘pedestrian-only’. The proposed design for the public space includes a range of amenities and street furniture for pedestrians, landscape features, and specially designed street vendor stalls for hawkers.