Socioeconomic Characteristics, Land Use, and Travel Patterns of Chennai (Madras)

by V. R. Rengaraju,
R. Sivanandan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Urban Public Transportation Systems: Implementing Efficient Urban Transit Systems and Enhancing Transit Usage


Chennai is a port city, with railway and road networks extending in all three land directions available for expansion. Currently, the city limits comprised of 172-sq. km. and the metropolitan area which covers an area of 1172 sq. km. The development pattern of the city is generally controlled by the City Corporation before Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) took over. This paper is intended as an introduction to the city of Chennai which is organized into three broad areas covering socioeconomic characteristics, land use characteristics and travel patterns.

Subject Headings: Social factors | Economic factors | Land use | Travel patterns | Urban areas | Urban and regional development | Ports and harbors | Rail transportation | India | Asia | Tamil Nadu

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