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General Information About Chennai

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, is located at the North east of the state. Apart from being a major district, this metropolis also serves as the gateway of South India. General information about Chennai reveals that of late, the city of Chennai has developed as one of the cosmopolitan cities in India that plays an important part in the cultural, intellectual and historical growth of India.

Representing the Dravidian Civilization, the interesting city of Chennai upholds the music, drama, dance, architecture, arts and crafts and sculpture etc of India. Chennai was mainly the result of the historical accident and the strategic necessity. Symbolizing the rise of the British during the 17th century, in the South of India through the creation and consolidation of the famous East India Company, Chennai was established by the British. The city then acted as the naval base and trading centre for the British. By the end of the 20th century the city had already developed as a major administrative centre.

Chennai besides acting as the cultural and educational hub of South India has also been the cradle of several historic movements. Today it is a leading city in terms of trade and commerce. The Chennai economy has a huge industrial base in technology, cars, manufacturing, hardware and health industry. The revenue and the employment sectors of the city are very advanced.

Chennai is a culturally developed city replete with centres of Carnatic Music and cultural events. Apart from the vibrant theatre life scene Chennai also has a popular film industry with numerous studios involved in the making of Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi movies which popular all across India.

The civic administration of the city is vested in the hands of the Corporation of Chennai which was set up in 1688. It comprise of 155 councillors representing 155 wards. They are directly elected by the residents of Chennai. The Greater Chennai Police department, belonging to Tamil Nadu Police looks after the law and order of the city. While the police force of Chennai is headed by police commissioner, the administrative control of Chennai is with the Home Mimnistry of Tamil Nadu. The city's traffic is controlled by the Chennai City Traffic Police (CCTP).

Previously known as Madras, the city was renamed as Chennai afterwards. Replete with airports, railways and diverse means of roadways, the city of Chennai can be accesses from any corner of the world, easily and smoothly.