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Royapuram, a locality of Chennaimarker, South India, is the place where the first railway station of south India was constructed, and from where the laying down of the second railway line of the South Asia commenced in 1850s. This railway line extended from Royapuram (Madras) to Arcotmarker, then capital of the Carnatic region. This railway line was opened for traffic on July 1, 1856.

The refurbished Royapuram Station


Royapuram Railway station building which was previously in a dilapidated condition [167505] has now been refurbished. It is believed to be one of oldest surviving railway station structures of the Indian Railways and thanks to the recent makeover stands again proudly posing to the onlookers riding through the Royapuram over bridge connecting Parry's.

Royapuram also has the Chennai's Port Trust located on its shores. Royapuram also has Kalmandapam alongside in its constituency. Previously Royapuram was a home to many Anglo Indians and today their numbers can be very low since people emigrate to other parts of city or to other countries.

It has a beautiful church known as St. Peter's Church built in the year 1829 by the boat people of Christian Community migrated from Chepauk in the year 1799 The Customs House and Master Attendants's Office were shifted to Black Town from Fort St.George in the year 1799 In consequent to the removal of Customs House and Master Attendant's Office to Black Town the Christian boat peoploe who were staying at Chepauk village migrated to a new village within 300yards North of Black Town wall This church is popularly called as 'Madha Kovil' by non-Christians.

Talking about the school reminds me of some good educational institutions which Royapuram can boast of. Some of them are K.C.Sankaralinga nadar Hr.Sec.School, PAK Palanisamy Hr.Sec School, St. Peter's Higher secondary school, Kalaimagal Viddyalaya Hr.Sec School, St. Kevin's School situated at Arathoon Road (one of the peaceful and beautiful roads in the 1980s), Northwick Girls' School situated at Shaik Maistry Street, "CSI Rajagopal School, Maria Matriculation School, St. Anne's Girls' School, St. Mary's Matriculation School etc.

Also Royapuram has the legendary Robinson Park renamed as Arignar Anna Poonga after late chief minister of Tamil Nadu Arignar Anna. This park is a witness to various historic activities such as the birth of DMK and lot of public rallies during the early part of 1950s and 1960s. Now it has been transformed into a more green park with lot of facilities for walkers (thanks to the walkers association and Chennai Corporation for transforming it).

There are places of religious interests such as Kalmandapam Shafia Mosque at Shaik Maistry Street, Muslim Welfare Association for Muslims. Kalmandapam Temple for Hindus, St. Mary's church for Christians, etc.

Royapuram stretches from Clive battery (old Northern Rampart of Black Town Wall) at one end to Kasimedu at the other end, it is primarily a fisherman community area migrated from Chepauk village in the year 1799 during East India Company's government. It has a fine blend of people from various ethnic groups as well (as rightly pointed out earlier). Royapuram retains its speciality as the principal suburb of the Parsi community of Madrasmarker

Royapuram has a deep history inculcated within itself and has been part of the Chennaimarker (Madras) city for centuries. It is just in the face of the recent developments that Royapuram got edged out to the periphery of the Chennaimarker.

There is a Government Home for Destitute Boys on Mannarsami Koil Street. The home is one of 8 in Tamil Nadu, which detains, protects, and cares for "runaway and missing children, begging children, victims of child labour, children surrendered by parents, and NGO handover children", and at any moment in time this home houses 125-150 children. Children with no other option of family care normally stay at the home until they are 18.

Politics

Royapuram vote

by alliance in assembly elections
Year AIADMK+ DMK+
2006 53.3% 50,647 39.1% 37,144
2001 56.8% 44,465 39.3% 30,753
1996 35.4% 27,485 57.8% 44,893
1991 59.0% 46,218 37.8% 29,565
1989* 8.0% 6,532 46.0% 37,742
1984 50.3% 40,727 48.7% 39,432
1980 49.1% 36,455 50.3% 37,390
1977 31.3% 22,626 33.5% 24,217

State assembly politics

Since 1977, Royapuram has been voting for DMK, until 1984, when MGR and ADMK swept Tamil Nadu. Ever since then, other than 1989 and 1996, this constituent has consistently voted for the formation of the ADMK government at the state level. In 1989, ADMK was split between Janaki faction and Jayalalithaa faction, and only the Janaki faction contested in this constituency. More recently, when DMK and allies were able to win the election in 2006, due to anti incumbency factors, ADMK still did extremely well in this constituent, with D. Jayakumar, winning for 3rd time, out of the last 4 times he contested, losing only in 1996.

Lok Sabha politics

Royapuram assembly constituency is part of Chennai North .

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