Sholinganallur is a suburb of Chennai which lies in the IT corridor of OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road). The growth of this locality is driven by the IT parks and the IT companies in and around the region. ELCOT (Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu) , an IT park was established here in 377 acres of land with all the necessary social infrastructure. Along with office space developments, the TNHB (Tamilnadu Housing Board) has developed a self-sustainable satellite township in this area with all amenities to live in, thereby making it one of the top residential localities in the city. In Tamil Nadu, this locality is the biggest assembly constituency in terms of voters. The zone became a part of the Chennai Corporation in 2011 and is governed by the Kanchipuram district.
Accessibility and nearby localities:
Sholinganallur is an important junction in the southern part of Chennai. The ECR Link Road which passes through the locality connects the IT Expressway (OMR) to the entertainment corridor (ECR). This link road which connects Velachery-Tambaram Main Road also connects OMR and ECR to Tambaram. The airport and central railway station lie within a 19.5 km and 25 km radius of Sholinganallur. The locality is well connected to all the major areas via buses, taxis, and rickshaws. Some of the IT companies located here are Accenture, Paypal, HCL, TCS and Zylog Systems. Since the area is surrounded by IT parks, most of the population living here are from the IT/ITeS sector. The area is surrounded by important IT based suburbs such as Semmancheri, Perumbakkam, and Karapakkam. The locality has good social infrastructure to meet the needs of its residents.
Sholinganallur has some of the best schools in Chennai like Gateway The Complete School, Jeppiaar International School, Ellen Sharma Memorial Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sacred Heart School, EuroKids – Sholinganallur, Parent Choice International School, etc. Schools affiliated to the all education boards are present here. Colleges like Mohamed Sathak A. J. College of Pharmacy, Mohamed Sathak College of Arts & Science, Jeppiaar Engineering College, ISBR Business School, Agni College of Technology, Sri Venkateswara Dental College & Hospital, Ragas Dental College & Hospital, Academy Of Maritime Education & Training, and Sharmila College of Nursing are located in and around the locality.
Since this locality has a multiple IT parks in and around, it houses a number of business class hotels like Aloft Chennai, Hotel Angels Nest, The CentrePoint, The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway and Sholling Residency. It also has mid-range hotels and serviced apartments. The area has a good number of restaurants like Mirchi Chettinad, Veg Delight, Malgudi, Amaravathi Restaurant, Subway, Dot Yum, etc.
Retail outlets like Mom & Me, Colours, Landmark, and More supermarket are located here. Malls like Coromandel Plaza are in close proximity to the area. Two other malls – Marg Junction and Marina Grand are under construction and few other others are planned along the OMR stretch.
The entertainment corridor of ECR with beautiful beaches, beach houses, resorts and amusement parks is in close proximity to the locality. The area has a decent nightlife as it has bars and lounges like Urban Lounge, Swirl – The Gateway Hotel etc. Theatres and multiplexes like Arvind theatre, AGS cinemas, Mayajaal multiplex, and Kumaran theatre are located close to Sholinganallur.
The locality has speciality hospitals like Swaram Hospital, Global Hospital, Life Care Hospital, Bone & Joint Speciality Clinic and Plexus. Other than this a number of clinics and pharmacies are also located here.
Places of worship:
The famous ISKCON temple is located here. The locality also has many other temples like Sri Prathyangira Devi Temple, Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, Sai Baba Temple, Sri Prathyangira Devi Temple, and Murugan Temple. Churches like Infant Jesus Church, Living Spring English Church, Cornerstone Revival Church, and Church of Mahanaim are located here. You can also find many mosques located in and around this area.
The growth of the locality is driven by the IT sector. The locality is also a good residential market because of the growing IT settlement here. Today, Sholinganallur is one of the best residential and commercial real estate markets in Chennai. The locality is well connected to other localities and has good schools, colleges and health facilities for its residents. Moreover it is a prime employment centre in southern Chennai.
The locality however lacks proper water supply in some regions. Water supply schemes are being implemented in nearly 28 areas to address this issue.