Category: OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road)

NO MORE TICKETS TO RIDE :: MTC to introduce smartcards

Keep the change: MTC to introduce smartcards

Trial On OMR From March, Regular Users To Benefit

As a first step towards a future without bus conductors, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) will introduce smartcards by March next year. Adyar and OMR will be its trial routes.


The corporation has placed an order for 6,000 electronic ticketing machines (ETMs) that can be used to swipe smartcards as well as dispense tickets. The smartcards can be topped up by a conductor or at a bus depot. “We will also authorise third-party agencies to recharge the cards, like prepaid phone cards,” said a senior official at the secretariat.

Once the entire system is in place, commuters will be able to use their smartcards across all modes of transport — buses, trains and metro rail — without worrying about getting change or buying separate tickets. Authorities will know, in real time, the demands of passengers in different sectors in the city.

The plan is to have passengers tap their cards as they enter the bus, which would not have a conductor. “We will run this as an experiment on OMR as it has the highest number of Volvo buses and passengers on this route are more open to change,” said the official. About 100 ETMs are on trial now.

Those buying monthly passes will be the first to get smartcards. MTC’s system will be compatible with that of the upcoming metro rail. “We are finalising the specifications, and will float the tenders for smartcards soon,” said the MTC official. MTC has about 10,000 conductors on its rolls, and once the system in place they will be used to conduct surprise checks and inspections.

Initially, MTC’s smartcards will be offline and ticketing information will be stored locally on the ETM. “Till CMRL sets up its system, our smartcards will just be validated by ETMs,” said a source.

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has been pushing for an elaborate common ticketing system. It will offer smartcards for regular users and tokens for one-time users. “We are working on a system that will accommodate all the players,” said an official. CMRL will be able to monitor their patronage in real time with this system.

Last month, CMRL held a workshop on fare collection. Officials from the state transport authority, MTC, Southern Railway, Centre for Railway Information Systems, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, IRCTC, call taxi operators and representatives of bus ticket booking websites attended it.

Metro rail had proposed a common smart card for electronic fare collection as per international standards. “The challenge is to split the revenue with the department concerned. We are waiting for a response from others,” said the CMRL official.

In Kochi, Private Bus Operators’ Association last month introduced a smartcard system on a pilot basis in 40 buses on the Ernakulam-Kakkanad route. In Bhubaneswar, city bus operator Dream Team Sahara introduced smartcards for commuters on October 10 to deal with the problem of coin scarcity. Several western countries use smartcards that work across different forms of city transport.


  • Electronic ticketing machines | 6,000
  • Smartcards to be issued soon
  • To be used first on OMR
  • Those buying daily, monthly passes to benefit
  • Smartcards will be recharged at depots, by agents
  •  Ticketing information such as time, distance, number of tickets sold will be stored
  • Once metro rail is operational, same card can be used across bus, auto, call taxi, train and even for parking
  • System will go online and authorities can get real-time information on usage
  • Independent body will be set up to collect revenue and split it with different departments

Source: Times of india | Karthikeyan Hemalatha | TNN

Stuck on OMR? Pour out woes on FB

Chennai:When youspend25% of your day stuck in traffic, what do you do? Find an online forum to rant.Closeto 6,000 people are members of the ‘I hate commuting on OMR’ page on Facebook.

Stuck on OMR

“There are so many of us who work at one of the offices on OMR and live far away. Four hours of our life every day is spent on commuting from home to office and back. This is a forum for us to vent our frustration,” readsthedescription.

The biggest complainers are the ones who use private vehicles. “I live in Thoraipakkam and I hate getting out of my house between 6pm and 8pm or 9am and11am!Ittakes me more than one hour to reach Thiruvanmiyur signal!” posted AnirudhJRon the page.

“Vehicles come in the wrong direction, there is no respect for signals, people cross roads at their whim and fancy,” postedDeepakParab.

While users of the page blame pedestrians for the traffic mess, the government is pushing for better public transport as the solution. MTC is improving services in the locality so that more people take the bus, and fewer private vehicles clog the road.

“It is impossible to reduce traffic congestion as long as people use private vehicles,” said ShreyaGadepalli, regional director at Institute of Transportation andDevelopmentPolicy.

Around 1.6 lakh people in the IT and BPO sectors work on OMR. “Another 30,000 support staff make their daily commute. This stretch accounts for 70% of the IT sector in Tamil Nadu,” saidKPurushottam,senior director atNASSCOM.

Officialsfrom theTamilNadu Road Development Corporation, which maintains the road, said they built the road thinking it would be able to support thetrafficfor 20 years.The road wasopenedin October 2008. “In 5years,the roadhas reachedits saturation point. We have no clueon how many moreITcompanies are going to come up,” said an official.

Earlier this year, chief minister J Jayalalithaa announced a 45km elevated corridor between Madhya Kailash and Mammallapuram. “Consultants to study the feasibility of this projectwillbechosen in the next two months,” said a TNRDCofficial.

Source: Times of india | Karthikeyan Hemalatha | TNN

MTC Strikes gold on OMR

Techies Take The Bus As Firms Cut Costs; Shorter Routes On IT Corridor Ups Patronage

IT professionals in the city, quite literally, don’t miss the bus. Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) has found that routes it runs on Old Mahabalipuram Road, which is home to a host of IT companies, are among its most profitable.


With several companies looking to cut costs, their dependence on government buses has increased by about 10%, said representatives from National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). “Due to cost cutting, the number of private buses hired by companies has come down from 9,000 to 6,000. This has pushed a lot of people towards MTC,” said K Purushottam, senior director at NASSCOM.

MTC has tweaked services to cater to the growing population on the IT corridor. In May 2012, it introduced three routes tailor-made for IT companies. “We have increased it to seven. We have added 50 buses on the stretch in the past year,” said an MTC official involved in planning.

MTC officials said OMR is one of the top performing sectors in the city with more than 300 buses and 50 routes. MTC is in the process of rationalizing its routes for better services. “Of the 50 routes on the corridor, seven accounted for 70% or 210 buses,” said a source. Some of these routes include T51, C51, A21, 570, and 19B.

There are only three major entry points to OMR — Velachery, Thiruvanmiyur and Madhya Kailash. MTC has realised that shortened routes with more frequent stops are in demand. For example, route 570S makes more money than 570 even though it plies 5.3km less. While route 570 covers CMBT to Kelambakkam via Guindy, Velachery and SRP Tools, 570S stops at Siruseri. “The ridership after Siruseri towards Kelambakkam is low and is not justified. On the way back from Kelambakkam towards the city, people at Siruseri prefer using 570S as there are more seats,” said a source.


Of MTC’s 100 air-conditioned buses, 60 run on OMR. “IT company employees form such a large chunk of the passengers on OMR that when there is a public holiday, MTC calls us to find out how many companies are working and what the expected demand would be,” said Purushottam. “Several companies have also put up bus timings at the entrance to encourage more people to use buses.”

Experts say OMR is ideal to implement the bus rapid transit system. “It shows people are willing to shift to public transport if services are provided,” said Shreya Gadepalli, regional director for Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. However, the quality of these services has to improve. “The buses travel at an average speed of 15kmph now. In BRT they can move up to 25kmph. A 50% increase in speed saves time, and helps the corporation reduce its fleet size by a third,” she said. Recent studies by ITDP show that 7,600 people travel per hour per direction on OMR.

Courtesy / Source: Times of India | Times City | Karthikeyan Hemalatha | TNN

Temples in OMR

Iyappa Temple
Rajiv Gandhi Salai, OMR, Navalur, Chennai 603103
Landmark: Near Signal

Arulmigu Shri Kali Amman Temple
Rajiv Gandhi Salai, OMR, Kanthanchavadi, Chennai 600096
Landmark: Near Bus Stop

Srinivisa Perumal Temple
Landmark: Between Sathyambama university and AGS Cinemas

Sai Baba Temple
Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Kelambakkam, Chennai- 600103
Landmark:Near To Bus Stop

Sagaya Madha Church, Thoraipakkam, OMR Road, Chennai

A Brief History Sagaya Madha Church, Thuraipakkam located on the Old Mahabalipuram Road is 6 kms away from Thiruvanmiyur and 10 kms away from Santhome Cathedral Basilica. Around 40 years ago, Parish Priest of Kovalam Fr. K.M. Joseph had a humble beginning by erecting a small hut for the people of Thuraipakkam to have their religious services, at the same place where we want to build the new Church. Services at the hut continued even after inaugurating the new church in Perungudi in 1984. In 1999, Fr. Mathew Vettical put efforts in declaring Thuraipakkam church as a substation after replacing the hut to a concrete structure and was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Lawrence Pius, Auxiliary Bishop of Madras – Mylapore and dedicated to the Mother of Perpetual Help. Later Fr. Thomas Mundackal expanded the church both sides to satisfy the growing needs. In 2007 Church was elevated to an independent parish with further extensions and blessed by Most Rev. Dr. Neethinathan, Bishop of Chingleput on 25thMarch 2007, when Fr. Patrick was the Parish Priest of Perungudi. Fr. Joseph Sengol’s contribution in making this place getting the Independent parish is inevitable. Fr. Arockiaraj became the first Parish Priest of the independent parish.


Present Status

  1. Over the years there was a considerable number devotees have increased and present church is not able to accommodate their needs.
  2. Catechism, Evening tuitions for the poor in the locality and other religious organizations are not finding enough space to gather and function well.
  3. Rainy seasons bring leaking issues since the existing Church was altered in the past and it is not in good condition to alter again.
  4. Our parishioners are going to other Churches as the result of space crunch.
  5. Major religious events and other ceremonies are becoming chaotic due to space.

New Church

New Church has been planned for a built area measuring 12000 Sq Ft having two levels. First floor is meant for religious worship purpose and the ground level is for multipurpose.


We, Sagaya Madha Parish family request your kind self to contribute generously towards rebuilding the Church and get blessed abundantly. Our parish family is confident to get contribution to complete this noble purpose from kind hearts.

Mass Timings:


Rev. Fr. Jacob Alex
Parish Priest
Sagaya Madha Church
2/139, Gangaiamman Koil Street, Chennai – 600 097
Tamilnadu, INDIA.

Tel : +91 (44) 2496 2772
Fax : +91 2496 2772
Email :

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Churches in OMR

IDA Gerizim Church
1/530 Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Old Mahabalipuram, Thoraipakkam, Chennai-600097
Contacts: 044 24962066
Landmark: Near Thoraipakkam bus stop

Vaanathin Vaasal Thiru Sabai
Rajiv Gandhi Salai, PTC Colony, Chennai-600097
Contacts: 9840767640
Landmark: Near PTC Bus stop

Caluary Community Church
No 5/339 Rajiv Gandhi Salai, OMR, Okkiyampettai, Chennai 600097
Contact: 9003180681 9382743680
Landmark: Near Bus Stop

Cornerstone Revival Church
Ponniamman Koil, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, OMR, Sholinganallur, Chennai 600119
Contact: 9710216499
Landmark: Near Infosys

C.D.M Christs Deliverance Church
T.V.K Street, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Kazhipattur, Padur, Chennai- 600103
Contacts: 9884575209
Landmark: Near To Bus Stop

Advent Christian Church
Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Padur, Chennai- 600103
Landmark: Near To Bus Stop

Gate of Heaven Church
No 4/675, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, OMR, PTC Colony, Chennai – 600097
Landmark: Near PTC Colony Bus stop

Mobile Showrooms in OMR Chennai

Thoraipakkam: No 2/2, Shakthi Nagar Near Jain College, Omr Road, Thoraipakkam, Chennai – 600096. Mobile: 9840398888, 9840098888
Thiruvanmiyur: New Beach Road, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600041

Sangeetha Mobiles
Phone: 24963323, Mobile: 9940391206

The Mobile Store
390, Nehru Nagar, Old Mahabalipuram Road, OMR, Chennai – 600041, Tamil Nadu

Poorvika Mobiles
Kelambakkam: Old Mamallapuram Rd, Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu 603103
Perungudi: Old Mamallapuram Rd, Lakshmi Nagar, Perungudi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600078
Thiruvanmiyur: 3 & 4, L B Road, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600041. Mobile: 099 40 652855

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Muttukadu Boating

A wonderful picnic spot. The effect caused by the rocking bridge over backwaters is stunning and exciting. It’s a out of the world for people who are connoisseurs of sea food..Its about 30 Kms from Chennai on East Coast road which leads to Mammalapuram. The other picnic spots in near proximity are VGP Golden beach, MGM Dizzy World and Mayajaal, Dakshina Chitra.


Kovalam, Muttukadu East Coast Road, Chennai.
Phone : +(91) – 9952995827

Fitness Centres / Gyms in OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road), Chennai

Arokya Fitness Centre
Rajiv Gandhi Salai PTC Colony Chennai-600097
Landmark: Near PTC Bus stop

Body Fit Gym
60A RGM Complex Rajiv Gandhi Salai OMR Karapakkam Chennai 600097
Contacts: 9941529488
Landmark: Near Bus stop

Everfit Gym
No 31 1st Main Road Thirumalainagar Perungudi Chennai 600096
Contact: 9176607770
Landmark: Near Bus Stop

Fit Zone (AC Gym)
No 105A Thirumalainagar Annexe Rajiv Gandhi Salai OMR Perungudi Chennai 600096
Contact: 7299010710 044 42629022
Landmark: Near Bus Stop

Fitness 24*7 Studio Gym
No 340/B-4, B-5 Rajiv Gandhi Salai OMR Okkiampettai Chennai 600097
Contact: 8489000222 8489555111
Landmark: Near Indian Oil Petrol Bunk

Gold Gym
4/211 Rames Complex Rajiv Gandi Salai OMR Kandanchavadi Chennai 600096
Contacts: 9841684007
Landmark: Near Bus stop

Hustlers Dance Studio
4/211 Rames Complex Rajiv Gandi Salai OMR Kandanchavadi Chennai 600096
Contacts: 9894541278 8056337307
Landmark: Near Bus stop

Happy Dance School
79/2A, 1B, Rajiv Gandhi Salai OMR Padur Chennai 603103
Contacts: 9940194095 9940193979
Landmark: Near SRR Engineering College

Hema Fitness Centre For Women
Rajiv Gandhi Salai Kelambakkam Chennai- 600103
Contacts: 9840459492
Landmark:Near To Chettinad Hospital

Johns Fitness Studio – Unisex Gym
No 87 2nd Floor Kalaingar Karunanidhi Salai OMR Sholinganallur Chennai 600119
Contacts: 9884347560 9894591326
Landmark: Near Sholinganallur Signal

JJ.Fitness Nutrition
No 79 KK Complex Rajiv Gandhi Salai OMR Sholinganallur Chennai 600119
Contact: 9003090868
Landmark: Near signal

JBS Gym (Men)
Rajiv Gandhi Salai OMR Kelambakkam Chennai 600103
Contact: 9840281378 9092569668
Landmark: Near Bus Stop

MLM Academy For Kung-Fu & Fitness
Rajiv Gandhi Salai Kelambakkam Chennai- 600103
Contacts: 9840029305
Landmark:Near To Chettinad Hospital

New Bharat Gym
No 44 Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Old Mahabalipuram, Thoraipakkam, Chennai-600097
Contacts: 9840286801
Landmark: Near Thoraipakkam bus stop

New Gold Fitness Center
No 4 2nd Pillayar Koil Street Kumaran Nagar Sholinganallur Chennai 600119
Contacts: 9884468461 9551285657 5am – 9.30am and 5pm to 9.30pm
Landmark: Opp TCS

OMR Fitness Gym (Gents & Ladies)
No:2/109 1st Floor Rajiv Gandhi Salai Semmanchery Chennai – 600119
Contacts: 9176623123
Landmark:Opposite to Sathyabama univ

The Great Gym
1/279 Rajiv Gandhi Salai OMR Navalur Chennai 603103
Contacts: 9962243045 5am – 9.30am and 5pm – 9pm
Landmark: Near Bus stop

WWF Martial Arts Acadamy
4/210 Rajiv Gandi Salai OMR Kandanchavadi Chennai 600096
Contacts: 9500020300 9841306396
Landmark: Near Bus stop

Yoga Jothi Yoga Center
No 7 Padmavathi Avenue Perungudi Chennai 600096 Timing: 6AM to 7PM
Contacts: 044 24717166
Landmark: Near Heritage Fresh

Arvind Theatre, RajivGandhi Salai, OMR, Karapakkam, Chennai.

Arvind theatre situated at OMR Karapakkam, is face lifted with state of art Air conditioning facility, comfortable push back seats accommodating 434 people.


Further, the theatre is equipped with high resolution digital projector (QUBE), 3way digitial stereo surround Sound System and aesthetic interior with LED lights. The theatre has ample car and two-wheeler Parking and the canteen caters fresh and quality food items.