Chennai photo quiz 12


What building is this and where would you find it?

 Answer It is the partially constructed hotel by Balaji hotels next to the DMK office on Mount Road – NavneethC

Originally touted to be a 7 star hotel (while all reports say 7 star, i highly doubt this. If it was, it would have been the first in the world, beating the Burj Al Arab by 3 years) called the Magunta Oberoi way back in 1994, it got stalled before completion after one of the backers, Magunta Subbarami Reddy was murdered by naxalites and the Balaji group which promoted it, folded up under debt.

The latest is that it had been bought by the Hyatt group in the US earlier this year. Whats to become of this big block of glass, no one knows. Read the Hindu article on the history of the location, which once used to house a villa named Abbotsbury.


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9 responses to “Chennai photo quiz 12”

  1. Navneeth says :

    Kicking this off…

    This was supposed to be the Oberoi Hotel, right? Close to Anna Arivalayam. (D.M.K HQ)

  2. Navaneethan Santhanam says :

    The incomplete Oberoi apparently bought by the Balaji near Anna Arivalayam opposite Chit-Chat on Mount Rd.

  3. Prasanna Seshadri says :

    the incomplete oberoi towers near anna arivalayam

  4. planemad says :

    maybe i should have given a less revealing pic. I really didnt expect people to know what this building was.

  5. Tony Davies says :

    Do any of you guys know the history of the adjacent plot, where the DMK building is? My mother in law thinks that may be where she was brought up from 1925 to 1947. Her house was called Teynampet House.

  6. planemad says :

    Tony, i will try to dig up some details on that plot and let you know

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