Six years after the expansion of Chennai city corporation, the Tamil Nadu government has unveiled an ambitious move to expand the district in line with the local body’s jurisdiction.
The district’s area has now increased to 426sqkm, more than double the existing 178.6sqkm, adding a population of 200,000 within its jurisdiction in the process.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said it is the spatial integration of governance and delivery which will facilitate ease of access to government services for residents.
This is expected to have a positive impact on areas such as disaster management, election processes, increase in land revenue, social security pension schemes and administrative convenience.
The state took up the expansion plan after concerns were raised over the level of coordination between the corporation and three district collectors and the inconvenience caused to the public in availing government services.
Revenue and Disaster Management Secretary B Chandra Mohan said the move will bring people from the taluks of Sholinganallur, Alandur, Maduravoyal, Ambattur, Madhavaram, Tiruvottiyur and Ponneri under Chennai district.
Experts hope urban infrastructure planning and implementation will become better as Chennai collector is the custodian of land records and will be able to provide required details to infrastructure agencies.