TN changes names of many of its towns

The state government has issued a notification as per the recommendation of an experts committee for changing the names of 1,018 places, including of many important places, in accordance with how they are exactly pronounced in Tamil.

Hereafter the district Collectors will take steps for changing the names of these places through the local bodies concerned.

One of the important industrial cities in the south — Coimbatore — will be called “Koyampuththoor.” Ambattur, known for housing a large industrial estate in the State, has been rechristened as “Ambaththoor.” A major tier-II city in the northern belt of the State — Vellore — is to be known as “Veeloor.”

“Vepery,” an old locality in Chennai, will have to be called “Vepperi.” N. Panchampatti, a place in Dindigul district, has been renamed as “Ni. Panchampatti.” Of course, Dindigul should hereafter be called “Thindukkal.”

t is the culmination of an initiative in 2018 to have Tamil equivalents or original Tamil names of Anglicised names of places across the state. The changes have been notified in the gazette to be in effect from April 1, though rewriting the boards would have to wait till Covid-19 goes away.

“A group of language experts, representatives of Tamil organisations and professors, along with government administrators finalised the names at the district level and later at the state level, said Tamil development director G Vijayaraghavan.

The Tamil Nadu government has notified that 1,018 towns and cities have been provided with a new name or rather a new spelling.

Apart from District Collectors, a high-level committee, headed by Minister for Tamil Official Language and Culture K. Pandiarajan, went into the matter. For each of the 1,018 places, the order mentions the name in Tamil, the existing English name, the one suggested by the Collector concerned and the recommendation of the committee.