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Entrance of Koyambedu Market
Entrance of Koyambedu Market
Koyambedu is located in Chennai
Coordinates: 13°04′10″N 80°11′51″E / 13.069362°N 80.197427°E / 13.069362; 80.197427Coordinates: 13°04′10″N 80°11′51″E / 13.069362°N 80.197427°E / 13.069362; 80.197427
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Chennai
Metro Chennai
 • Body CMDA
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TN-02
Planning agency CMDA

Koyambedu is a locality in the South Indian city of Chennai. The Koyambedu area has become a major hub of activity in Chennai City after the inauguration of the Koyambedu market and the CMBT. The area is active round the clock owing to the movement of people and goods through the day.


Koyambedu is connected to both the Chennai Central Railway Station in Park Town and the Chennai International Airport in Tirusulam. The Poonamallee High Road (NH4) connects Koyambedu to the Chennai Central Railway Station, while the Jawaharlal Nehru Road (also known as Inner Ring Road or 100 feet (30 m) road) connects Koyambedu to Chennai Airport.

Recently, property prices have shot up in and around Koyambedu. Koyambedu is surrounded by localities like Vadapalani, Anna Nagar, Arumbakkam, MMDA (of Arumbakkam), Aminjikarai, Virugambakkam and Nerkundram.

Places of worship[edit]


  • Sri Kusalavapureesvarar/ Kurungaleeswarar Temple
  • Sri Vaigundavaasa Perumal Temple
  • Sri Vinayagar Temple
  • Sri Saemathamman Temple

The Perumal and Sivan temples were built hundreds of years back.


Chennai Metro Rail at Koyambedu

Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC)[edit]

A view of the Koyambedu Market

Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC), popularly known as the Koyambedu Market, is a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Established in 1996, when the city's principal wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Kothawal Chavadi had to be closed, the market is the largest of its kind in Asia.

In 2013, construction of an exclusive foodgrains market, the first such facility in the state, began at the market complex at a cost of 690.7 million. Constructed in an area of 14.41 acres, next to the existing wholesale vegetable market, it was to be opened by mid-2014.[1]

Koyambedu Roundtana[edit]

Koyambedu Junction otherwise known as the Koyambedu Roundtana is an important road junction in Chennai. It is located north of the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus at the junction of the Inner Ring Road and the NH4. The junction is a part of the Golden Quadrilateral project taken up under the National Highways Development Project.

Sewage Treatment Plants[edit]

There are two sewage treatment plants at Koyambedu and they jointly have the capacity to treat 94 million litres a day (mld) of sewage generated in localities such as T.Nagar, Kodambakkam, Anna Nagar, Virugambakkam and Mogappair. The sewage treatment capacity of the city is set to be enhanced with Chennai Metrowater preparing to float tenders for construction of another plant to treat 20 mld at Koyambedu. The new plant will facilitate treating of more sewage - generated in the neighboring suburbs. The 1,160-million project, which was sanctioned under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, will come up at a 25-acre site in the existing facility at Koyambedu. The new plant will take in the additional volume from suburbs such as Maduravoyal, Ambattur, Nerkundram and Nolambur that are being provided with sewerage network. Unlike the existing facilities, the infrastructure to generate electricity from sewage will be provided during the construction of the plant. The project will be commissioned in two years. This will add to the existing nine facilities having a capacity of 486 mld in Kodungaiyur and Nesapakkam. The two upcoming STPs will have a treatment capacity of 114 mld.[2]

Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus or CMBT[edit]


Spread over an area of 37 acre in Koyambedu, this is the largest bus terminus in Asia[3] and is accredited with the ISO 9001:2000 quality certification.[3]

Mofussil stands for service throughout the Tamil Nadu state and also the neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Pondicherry.

It can simultaneously station 270 buses and handle over 2,000 buses and 200,000 passengers a day.[4] The 36.5 acres (0.148 km2) bus terminus has an 18,000 sq ft (1,700 m2) waiting facility for passengers, a 25,000 sq ft (2,300 m2) parking space for auto rickshaws, cabs & private cars and a 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2) parking space for two-wheelers.[4]

Chennai Contract Carriage Bus Terminus or CCCBT[edit]

Koyambedu has another bus terminus, for private-owned buses which operate throughout Tamil Nadu and the neighboring states. The CCCBT bus terminus is close to CMBT. It has over 80 bus bays and 100 idle parking spaces - catering to around 200 buses per day.[5]

SAF Games Village[edit]

The South Asian Federation (SAF) Games Village at Koyambedu is a large residential complex with 760 flats. Of these, some flats come under the Government rental scheme and the others belong to individuals and institutions including Indian Oil, the Reserve Bank of India, the Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, Annapurna, Food Corporation of India, Canara Bank and the State Bank of India.

It was built by the Government of Tamil Nadu to provide accommodation during the 7th South Asian Federation Games (or SAF Games) event held in Chennai (then Madras) in 1995 to the sportspersons who participated in it. Later, the flats were taken over by Government institutions under various projects of the Tamil Nadu Government and promoted as a large residential complex.

Around 100 officers belonging to the IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, IA&AS, IPoS, etc. reside here. The dwelling units coming under the control of organizations such as the RBI, Indianoil and SBI, Income tax and central excise departments present a pretty picture. The development of this area also led to a tremendous increase in the value of property touching even 1 to 1.5 crores per ground.[citation needed] South Asian Federation (SAF) Games Village is famous for its greenery, even though it is close to the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus. It has beautiful parks, which form an ideal place for kids to enjoy and for morning walkers and joggers.


Location in Context[edit]


  1. ^ Mariappan, Julie (23 January 2013). "Koyambedu to house TN’s first foodgrains market". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 24 Jan 2013. 
  2. ^ Koyambedu to get third sewage treatment plant
  3. ^ a b [1] The Hindu: Koyambedu bus terminus gets ISO certification
  4. ^ a b [2] The Hindu Business Line: Jayalalithaa inaugurates new bus terminus in Chennai
  5. ^ [3] Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority-Chennai Contract Carriage Bus Terminus-Government of India

External links[edit]

  • Kurungaleeswarar Temple [4]
  • CMBT [5]

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1978 news items

The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Motorists using the busy Jawaharlal Nehru Salai at Koyambedu may not be aware of the massive work being undertaken during the nights at the junction. The project, to construct a channel to link floodwater from Virugambakkam-Arumbakkam canal to the ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:07:30 -0700

The move to have the wholesale food grain market at Kothwal Chavadi shifted to Koyambedu is taking more time as traders are apprehensive about their business prospects at the new location. Even though some food grain traders in George Town have ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:22:30 -0700

The new app 'Chennai Bus Parking' is modelled on the Koyambedu Bus Stand in Chennai. “I am representing Tamil Nadu in my games hence Chennai was my choice. There are many bus parking games available on play store, but I think ours will be ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:48:45 -0700

Officials sealing a shop at the Koyambedu Market Complex The Madras High Court had directed the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to conduct a fresh auction of shops after many challenged the provision to provide 15 per cent ...

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:00:00 -0700

สำหรับเมืองเจนไน ไม่มีใครในเมืองเจนไน และไม่มีพ่อค้าผลไม้รายใดในรัฐทมิฬนาฑูและรัฐใกล้เคียงในอินเดียตอนใต้ที่ไม่รู้จัก ตลาดขายส่งผลไม้ Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex ซึ่งถือเป็นตลาดค้าส่งสินค้าผักผลไม้ที่ได้ชื่อว่ามีขนาดใหญ่ที่สุดในอินเดีย. ตลาด Koyambedu แห่งนี้ ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:52:30 -0700

Sankararaman K, a student of School of Indian Film Music (SIFM), travelled around the city, capturing different sounds including the call of birds and animals at the Theosophical society, sounds from Koyambedu Bus Stand and the Central Railway Station, ...
The Hindu
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:03:45 -0700

Chennai Metro Rail built at a cost of Rs. 14,600 crore, was thrown open for use only in June last between Koyambedu and Alandur. The fare for this stretch range between Rs.10 and Rs. 40 and for the special class is between Rs. 20 and Rs.80. EOM.

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:11:15 -0700

Traders in Koyambedu wholesale market recall that the prices of onions from Maharashtra had previously touched Rs. 70 a kg two years ago. But, unlike other cities like Delhi and Mumbai, there is some solace for Chennai as it gets some stocks from ...

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