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Footprint of Chennai’s Future Business Districts and Resurgence of Integrated Townships

Shweta k • 20/01/2022

Rajiv Gandhi Salai evolved as one of the most sought-after destinations in Chennai to work and live with the amalgamation of lucrative investments; experiences of Walk-to-Work culture combined with the imminent infrastructure that connects south with the rest of Chennai.

With the shift in workplace preferences, Chennai witnessed a pivotal shift in business districts traversing south to the – IT Corridor. Rajiv Gandhi Salai is dotted as the self-sustaining growth corridor which offers copious options for integrated townships with city-like high-end infrastructure and amenities - assuring high rental yield and capital appreciation over the years.

The impending infrastructure fuelling connectivity with the shift in business districts and preferences towards communal living are expected to drive burgeoning residential demand over the next few years.

In this report, we delve into how the unprecedented times of the pandemic brought about a newfound interest in integrated townships. The rationale behind the shift in business districts and how Rajiv Gandhi Salai conceived as the IT metropolis with its testament to high-end integrated townships, now caters to a diverse community.

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