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i. About State of Tamil Nadu:

Tamil Nadu lies on the Southern part of Indian Peninsula sharing border with Puducherry (Pondicherry), Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh. It is the seventh most populous state in India with a population of 72.1 million (5.96% of India’s population – Census 2011). The literacy rate in the State is 80.3% as per 2011 census, higher than the All India Literacy Rate of 74%. It is the second largest contributor to India’s GDP. It is the most urbanised State in India with 44% of its population lives in urban areas.

On the industrial front, the state is doing well and is rated as second most industrialised state in India. A large number of manufacturing and engineering companies have their base in and around the suburbs of Chennai. Chennai has emerged as one of the most lucrative destinations for making investment. This can be attributed to a number of factors; prime being good infrastructure of roads, favourable climate for investment, abundance of skilled manpower and low cost of business.

ii. Regional Director’s name and contact number:

Smt. Uma Sankar
Regional Director,
Reserve Bank of India,
Fort Glacis,
No. 16, Rajaji Salai,
Chennai – 600 001.
Tel: 044 – 2536 1631; Fax: 044 – 2536 5220

Details of Jurisdiction of Regional Office:

State of Tamil Nadu and U.T. of Puducherry.

History of the Regional Office, Chennai:

With the birth of RBI on April 1, 1935, the Chennai Office also commenced functioning the same day, albeit from a rented premises of the State Bank of India building at the popular Parry’s Corner in George Town. In 1960, RBI Chennai moved to its present own building at the historic Fort Glacis premises on Rajaji Salai, nestled securely with the State Secretariat. Subsequently, in the year 1969, an additional building compatible with the existing design and architecture, was constructed behind the main building. A captivating view from this landmark building includes the Chennai Harbour and the world-renowned Marina Beach. The Chennai Office forms part of a tourist’s itinerary and is surrounded by various other places of tourist and business importance.

iii. Details of working and banking hours:

Working hours: Weekdays 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Saturdays*# 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Banking Department only
Banking hours: Weekdays 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Saturdays*# 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Banking Department only
*Cash Counters shall remain closed on Saturdays for public
#Banking Department will remain closed on 2nd and 4th Saturdays