What happened to D’Monte colony?
D’Monte colony is just off TTK Road. Take the road just before Indian Terrain outlet, and the first right leads to D’Monte colony.
The road is deserted except for early morning walkers. The road is deserted except for early morning walkers. The road joins St.Mary’s Road at the other end.
There are about 10 houses in the road, all built identical. Most of these houses are boarded up with weed growing all over the place. It is the houses that are intriguing
There is a D’monte park (now called Kalignar Karunanidhi park) that is reasonably maintained. . All houses are built in similar style, exact replicas. Except for a couple of houses all of them are boarded up, and have not been occupied for atleast 10 years. The houses must have been built in 1970s I guess, based on the construction style. Each house has a garage on the side, a small path way leading to the main house, space for garden on the otherside. It is sad to see them break down, the compound walls sinking, weeds growing, and poritons of the house falling down.
Why have the house owner’s let the houses go to such a sorry state?
Why has no builder bought this block out? Afterall this is close to Park Sheraton Hotel, and is in Alwarpet where land is quoted at Rs. 1 crore a ground.
Did these houses belong to Anglo Indians? D’monte was one of the directors of Arbuthnot bank, leading Madras Bank that collapsed in 1906. I remember one Anne D’Monte being nominated as the Anglo Indian MLA in TN Assembly in 1990s.
So many questions, no answers. Anybody has answers?