Old Washermanpet locally known as "Pazhaya Vannarapettai" is located in the northern part of Chennai, a city situated on the east coast of the southern India. The name comes from the fact that it used to be the washermen's enclave in Chennai, where many of the city's dhobi ghats used to be located. Prior to the development of T.Nagar and Purasawalkam, Washermanpet acted as the textile business hub of Chennai. It is also famous for jewellery shops and match box industries. The two arterial roads runs through this area are T.H Road and G.A Road.
Colleges & Schools
There are many historical schools and colleges present in this locality. Urdu Govt. Hr. Sec School, Washermenpet Govt. Hr. Sec School,K.C.S Hr sec school, HK International Education, Thiyagaraya School, B.C.S Jain Mat. Hr. Sec School, Muruga Dhanushkodi Girls Hr. Sec. School, P.A.K Hr. Sec. School, T.S.T Rajah Girls Hr. Sec. School are few among them.
Sir Thyagaraya College of Arts & Science
The college is affiliated to the University of Madras. Arts and Science courses offered include B.Sc (Bachelor of Science), B.C.A (Bachelor of Computer Application), M.Sc (Master of Science); it also offers arts courses such as B.Com and B.A. etc. This college is one of the oldest colleges in Chennai. It is also an Govt. Aided College.
Rail and Road Connectivity
Washermanpet has a bus terminus and a railway station. It is also the starting point for the line 1 of the Chennai Metro Rail network expected to be operational by 2015. Another station has been planned in Old Washermanpet as a part of the line 1 extension and is expected to be located underground, near Sir Theagaraya College in Old Washermanpet
Parks & Play Ground
Anna Park is used by the residents for morning walks and recreational activities. Robinson Ground and Sir Theyagaraya Ground is frequented by teens and kids for sport activities. Both these places were often used by the political party Dravida Kazhagam (DK), at its budding period and witnessed several spellbounding orations by eminent orators viz. Dr. Annadurai and Dr. Kalaignar
The famous Mint Road also known as "Thanga Salai" (Tamil: தங்க சாலை)
Broadway, Parrys, Royapuram, Korukkupet, Tondiarpet, Kodungaiyur, Sowcarpet are located adjacent to this locality.
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