The city of Madras was established in the 17th century by the British, who developed it into a major urban centre and naval base. By the 20th century, it had become an important administrative centre, as the capital of the Madras Presidency.
It has a Sea Port and International Airport (MAA).
Chennai has an estimated population of 7.5 million (2007), making it the fourth largest metropolitan city in India.
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