Kilpauk is a peaceful and a serene locality with well-maintained roads connecting residential neighbourhoods and commercial pockets nearby. The locality is covered with greenery and has low pollution levels, making it a highly preferred place to live.
Dispersed among the residential neighbourhoods are some small scaled industries which mainly produce woodcarvings, manufacturing of packaging materials and cement supplying and exporting. There are also commercial pockets with many shopping places, including malls and theatres such as Abirami Mega Mall, City Center, and Ega Theatre.
Kilpauk is located in the thick of the city, just off the Poonamallee High Road near to the localities like Chetpet, Egmore and Chennai Central. The micro market’s strategical location in the centre of the city near to prime localities and surrounded with numerous commercial establishments is both a con and pro. Even though it attracts a huge realty demand the serenity of the locality is disturbed when huge volume of traffic flows through during the peak hours.
Kilpauk is famous for its hospital for the mentally challenged and for the hospital attached to the Kilpauk Medical College. Other hospitals are One Life Mots Hospital, Gremaltes Leprosy Centre, Dr H T Veera Reddy Hospital, and many more.
Schools are plentiful in the area too making the locality a well-rounded and family-orientated environment. Some of the schools that Kilpauk is known for are Seth P D Hinduja Sindhi Model Senior Secondary School, Bhavans Rajaji Vidya Ashram and C.S.I Bain School, among others.
Connectivity and Transit Points
Located along the Poonamallee High Road, Kilpauk stands as one of the most well connected localities in Chennai. The Chennai Egmore and the Chennai Central stations are only 5 km away from the micro market. As for local travel, residents can go anywhere in Chennai from Kilpauk due to its well established road connectivity. With the help of Poonamallee High Road, commuters can reach Koyambedu quite easily and the road branches off to Chetpet, Numgambakkam, and even Mount Road. Other localities such as T Nagar, Vadapalini, and Marina Beach are not too far off either.
There are a vast number of buses that commuters can take to anywhere in the city, from the bus stands on the Poonamallee high road or Kilpauk Garden Bus Stop located within the locality.The primary railway station servicing the residents here is the Chetpet Railway Station, which is across the Poonamalee High Road. This station is the next stop from Egmore Railway Station and the trains travel southwards through key localities such and Numgambakkam, Kodambakkam and St. Thomas Mount heading towards the Chennai International Airport and beyond.
â— Abirami Mega Mall
â— Ega Theater
â— Kilpauk Garden
â— Kilpauk Cemetery
Factors for Growth in the Past
Kilpauk’s growth was a natural one. The micro market is surrounded by Chetpet and Egmore which played crucial parts in the city’s history leading up to the current day. At the time of the British rule, Chetpet and Egmore were made the centre for Chennai’s connectivity and historic preservation such as the Egmore Museum. The British set up their offices in this region and post-independence our state government did the same. Being close to these localities has influenced Kilpauk to a great deal.
The British built their military cantonment in Kilpauk and a number of hospitals, including the 200-year-old Government hospital for mentally challenged. Today, the locality is composed of residential buildings, flourishing commercial centres and movie theatres.
Residential & Commercial Markets
Living in an apartment is the current trend in Kilpauk. With twice as many apartments to houses available for purchase and rent the demand for the apartments in Kilpauk still increasing. There are some plots available for purchasing too. Most of the apartment and houses are already built and ready for homebuyers or renters to move in.
Purchasing an apartment in Kilpauk costs anywhere from Rs 8,000 per sq. ft. to Rs 10,300 per sq. ft.. One can rent an apartment for a price range between Rs 15 per sq. ft. to Rs 20 per sq. ft. Buying an individual house costs more with a price range between Rs. 11,800 per sq. ft. to Rs 15,500 per sq. ft. Renting out one of these houses would cost around Rs 22 per sq. ft. to Rs 28 per sq. ft.
Buying plot layouts usually costs double of what buying an apartment costs, but this is an investment choice many seek. Plot layouts cost about Rs 16,600 per sq. ft. to Rs 20,850 per sq. ft.
Kilpauk has a major commercial market. There are already so many shopping complexes such as Abirami Mega Mall, City Centre, Saravana Stores and Mummy Daddy Shopper World. In addition, the locality is overflowing with movie theatres like Sangam Cinemas and Ega Theatre. Abirami Mega Mall has theatres too and Sathyam Cinemas has begun constructing an eight-screen multiplex here. Kilpauk also has trendy hangout spots like Café Coffee Day and McDonald’s.
All of the existing commercial outlets attract a huge crowd – this can be seen as an opportunity to capitalize on as there are never enough commercial places for a place like Kilpauk. The rental cost for commercial office space is somewhere between Rs 35 per sq. ft. and Rs 45 per sq. ft.
Kilpauk faces some drainage problems and there has been complaints regarding mosquitoes in this area. Some footpaths along the main roads face encroachments occupying the walking space.
Factors for Growth in the Future
Kilpauk’s upcoming metro station, Kilpauk Medical College Station, will connect the locality directly to Nehru Park and Pachaiyappa College. It is a major transit points where commuters can change their mode of travel– this makes this metro station a very important asset to the locality, as it provides a whole network of connectivity.
The direct lines to Nehru Park and Pachaiyappa College will run underground. The construction work has started as of beginning of 2014 but the tunnelling has to yet to be completed. Chennai Metro Rail Limited has been wrapping up the construction process in other sections of the Mass Rapid Transit System and the residents of Kilpauk are rest assured that their metro station would soon be operational too.
SPI Cinemas, originally called Sathyam Cinemas, have started construction of yet another multiplex in Chennai, this time an eight-screen multiplex in Kilpauk. This will continue to keep Kilpauk a top commercial locality.