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Salt Cotaurs has a vibrant commercial history
Salt Cotaurs is a neighbourhood in Chennai, located on the banks of the Buckingham Canal, between the Elephant Gate Bridge Road and Basin Bridge railway station.
The word ‘Cotaur’ is the anglicised version of the Telugu word Cotauru meaning ‘godown’.The locality once had a godown for storing salt bags and the loading station ‘Salt Cotaurs’.
Salt manufacture was an important industry along the eastern coastal districts from Pulicat to Marakkanam.
Now, the godown is a railway goods yard owned by Southern Railway. Salt Cotaurs still bears signs of the city’s vibrant commercial history.
The Lost Property Office (LPO) of Southern Railway (Chennai Division) is also located here. The checkpoint at Salt Cotaurs is one of the eight checkpoints in the state of Tamil Nadu that are slated for modernisation at a cost of Rs 333.6 million, along with 28 commercial taxes check-posts in the state.