The government issues an ordinance to expand the Chennai metropolitan planning area to 5,904 km2.


Tiruvallur, Ranipet, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu villages will be part of the new Chennai metropolitan planning area; the increase would make it comparable in size to planning areas in some of the country’s other major cities

Tiruvallur, Ranipet, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu villages will be part of the new Chennai metropolitan planning area; the increase would make it comparable in size to planning areas in some of the country’s other major cities

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday issued a government order, notifying the expansion of the Chennai Metropolitan Planning Area (CMPA) from its current size of 1,189 sq km. at 5,904 km². including contiguous areas of Tiruvallur, Ranipet, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts.

According to the order issued by Hitesh Kumar S. Makwana, Principal Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a total of 1,225 villages in these four districts have been added to the CMPA.

They include 550 villages in the taluks of Ponneri, Gummidipoondi, Uthukottai, Tiruvallur, Tiruttani, Poonamallee of Tiruvallur district; 44 villages in Arakkonam taluk of Ranipet district; 335 villages in Kancheepuram, Walajabad, Sriperumbudur and Kundrathur taluks of Kancheepuram district; and 296 villages in Chengalpattu, Thiruporur, Tirukalukundram and Vandalur taluks of Chengalpattu district.

fell behind

The initiative started under the previous AIADMK government in 2018, but faced delays. Processes, including hearing objections or suggestions from those in areas proposed for inclusion, have been accelerated in recent months. Chief Minister MK Stalin gave his final approval to the proposal at a meeting held this month.

Although it was originally intended to expand the CMPA to approximately 8,800 km2, the areas were reduced to 5,904 km2.

Official sources said the expansion would make the CMPA comparable in size to metropolitan planning areas in some of the country’s other major cities. Until now, Chennai was the smallest, compared to a few major Indian cities.

With the order issued, changes in the administrative setup to effect the change will soon follow, the sources added.

Anshul Mishra, member-secretary of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, said the expansion will contribute to more balanced and better-planned growth in the region.

Better planning

He said this would facilitate better planning in terms of transportation and resource management and help protect water sources and green cover.

This would also contribute to a better integration of neighboring town centers with the city.

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