Chennai: Five municipalities in Tamil Nadu – Tambaram, Kancheepuram, Kumbakonam, Karur, Cuddalore and Sivakasi – would soon be transformed into corporations by merging adjacent areas with them, Municipal Administration Minister KN Nehru told the assembly on Tuesday.
The move would increase the number of municipal corporations in the state from 15 to 21, help address the infrastructure imbalance in areas adjacent to urban local entities and improve people’s living conditions, officials said.
Tambaram would be transformed into a public limited company by merging the municipalities of Pallavaram, Sembakkam, Pammal and Anakaputhur and neighboring regions, the minister said in responding to the debate over the application for grants for the municipal administration department. Nehru also announced that the companies of Trichy, Nagercoil, Thanjavur and Hosur and the municipalities of Chengalpet, Poonamallee and Mannarkudi would be expanded by merging neighboring developed areas with them. The elected members of the local authorities in the territories falling under the new corporations, the enlarged corporations and the enlarged municipalities would retain their functions until the next elections of the local authorities.
He also announced the upgrading of Pallapatti, Thittakudi, Mangadu, Kundrathur, Nandhivaram, Guduvanchery, Ponneri, Thiruninravur, Sholingar, Edanganasalai, Taramangalam, Thirumuruganpoondi, Gudalur, Karamadai, Karumathampakmpurdai, Kalippakendamadai, Kalumathampakmpadai, Kalippakodeku, Thiruninravur, , Mursiri and Lalgudi town panchayats in municipalities. The municipality of Pugalur would be created by merging the panchayats of the city of Punjaipugalur and TNPL Pugalur.
The government’s decision to modernize and expand local urban communities would improve basic equipment and infrastructure in the region by better mobilizing land and financial resources. According to the 2011 census, 75% of male workers in the larger areas under urban local government are involved in the non-agricultural sector, which is an indication of the area’s urbanization, an official said.