Rajiv Gandhi Salai is a major road connecting Chennai with Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu. It is 45 km long and was earlier known as the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR). The road starts from Madhya Kailash Temple Junction on Sardar Patel Road in south-east Chennai and terminates on East Coast Road near Mamallapuram. The prestigious TIDEL Park, home to a number of BPO and IT/ITES companies and many other major IT/ITES Companies in the country are situated along the Rajiv Gandhi Salai. Prominent technical and educational Institutions, national research laboratories are also located along the Corridor.
Due to heavy movement of traffic and on account of poor soil condition, the pavement of the Corridor had deteriorated. The opening of the Mass Rapid Transit Line along the first three km stretch and the presence of densely populated residential areas along the Kottivakkam-Perungudi stretch had also led to congestion and accidents. The IT Corridor Project aimed at improving the Corridor to a world-class facility in tune with the progressive and IT/ITES friendly image of Tamil Nadu.