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The Chennai Portal

Marina Beach, one of the longest in the World

Chennai (Tamil: சென்னை IPA: [ˈtʃɛnnəɪ], formerly known as About this sound Madras , is the fourth largest metropolitan area of India and the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai had a population of 4.2 million in the 2001 census within its municipal corporation.[1] The urban agglomeration of Chennai has an estimated population over 8 million[2], making it one of the largest urban agglomerations in India.

The city was established in the 17th century by the British, who developed it into a major urban centre and naval base. By the 20th century, it had become an important administrative centre, as the capital of the Madras Presidency.

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Jade Cargo's Boeing 747-400F departing from Chennai Airport

Chennai International Airport, formerly Madras Airport, is the primary airport serving the southern Indian metropolis of Chennai. It is the third busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic. The airport is spread across the suburban areas of Meenambakkam, Pallavaram and Tirusulam with passenger entry at Tirusulam and cargo entry at Meenambakkam. It is the first airport in India to have international and domestic terminals adjacent to each other. The airport is the regional headquarters of the Airports Authority of India for the southern region of India comprising the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala and the union territories of Puducherry and Lakshadweep. As of 2012, the airport handles 13.5 million passengers annually and about 325 aircraft movements a day.

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Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus
Credit: User:SriniG

The Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus or CMBT is a bus terminal in Chennai, India catering outstation buses.

Spread over an area of 37-acre (150,000 m2) in Koyambedu, this is the largest bus terminus in Asia[3] and is accredited with the ISO 9001:2000 quality certification.[3].

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  1. April 24, 2011:Indian guru and spiritual figure Sathya Sai Baba dies at the age of 84, prompting mourners to visit his corpse in their thousands. (The Hindu) (BBC)


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  3. ^ a b The Hindu: Koyambedu bus terminus gets ISO certification

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