Old Mahabalipuram Road, or OMR as we all call it is about 45km long and extends from the Madhya Kailash Temple, Adyar, in the the north to Mahabalipuram in the south. It is sometimes referred to as the IT Corridor or IT Highway because it is home to many IT/ITES companies. It is also called the Rajiv Gandhi Salai in official documents and referred to as State Highway-49A by the highways department.

The Federation of OMR Residents Associations - FOMRRA - is an apolitical initiative by the residents of OMR to form an apex body of resident associations, to represent and address the long standing legitimate demands, to stand united against official apathy and highlight common civic problems faced by the residents of OMR.

Hitherto RWAs have been approaching authorities in their individual capacity and this has not yielded any substantial results. FOMRRA has been acting as the apex body to collectively represent and elicit action from the authorities.

Over the last few years, we have been actively focusing on finding solutions to common problems by developing a knowledge-base. Success stories, questions, answers and opinions are all shared among members and has resulted in a lot of initiatives. For starters, we have had success in solid waste management and grey water recycling, rainwater harvesting and traffic management, among other things.

Tax without benefits...

RWAs on OMR contribute handsomely to the Greater Chennai Corporation’s exchequer by regular payment of property tax but suffer without basic amenities. It is also ironical that we have been asked to pay water tax by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) without any water lines being laid in our roads.

For over a decade OMR residents have been dependent on private agencies for potable water supplies and sewage disposal. This is putting a huge economic burden on residents of OMR.

Apathy galore...

The apathy of the government agencies is apparent as there are no immediate schemes being implemented to provide water and sewage to most of the residential apartments / colonies. Most of the works undertaken are taking a long time to start working and some of them are even being abandoned half way.

Apart from water and sewage there are other issues of (1) Traffic jams & Road safety. (2) Safety, Security, Law & Order (3) Street lighting & Power Breakdown (4) Water logging & Storm Water Drains (5) Encroachment of public spaces


We should be loud enough to be heard!

Not loud enough to be considered noise!!


FOMRRA has 15 sub-committees that have been tasked with addressing specific issues and focussing on special areas of improvement. Each sub-committee consists of volunteers, with one person at the helm, which discusses and debates to find solutions to issues pertaining to the sub-committee. Sometimes Special committees are formed for special purposes - Covid 19, Nivar Cyclone, GST for RWAs etc.


Here are a few articles that appeared in the media about the activities around OMR.