Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Some of the names of the Roads of Chennai

Anderson Road: If it’s the road in Nungambakkam, then remembered here is Dr.
James Anderson, who first encouraged the study of the flora and fauna of South India.

Balfour Road: Dr. Edward Green Balfour founded both the Museum and the Zoo
and helped in encouraging Islamic Studies by enabling the establishment of the
Mohammedan Library and the Madrasa (now on Mount Road).

Binny Road: How can we forget John Binny, founder of one of the ‘Big Three’ in
the early industry in the South, and whose successors founded the textile industry
in South India. He lived on the site where the Connemara now is.

Coats Road: James Coats was the engineer of the Corporation who was primarily
responsible for making T’ Nagar a reality.

Davidson Street: Acting Governor Alexander Davidson was responsible for the
first postal facilities in the South.

Frazer Road: After all, Frazer planned the City’s water supply that stood us in
good stead for over a hundred years.

Jones Road: Named after J.R. Jones of the Madras Corporation who worked on
ensuring water supply from Red Hills. Jones Tower in the reservoir commemorates

Madley Road: J.W. Madley was responsible for pioneering the city’s drainage.

Molony Road: J.C. Molony, a Civilian, ensured that Madras received treated water
supply. He also authored the book, A Book of South India, which carries a warm
and loving portrait of Madras city.

Moore’s Road: Sir George Moore of the Corporation of Madras was responsible
for Moore Market and Moore Pavilion of the SIAA where he promoted Madras
sport, etc.

Norton Road: Eardley Norton was one of the city’s best-known and most capable
lawyers ever. He was also one of the founders of the Indian National Congress.
His father, John Norton, was the Advocate General of Madras and their kinsman
George Norton was also a leading advocate, who launched the petition that led to
the founding of the University of Madras.

Stephenson Road: Stephenson was responsible for establishing the Perambur
Loco Works from which grew ICF.

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