Madrasapattinam or Chennapattinam were the name of old Madras. What was once a small port and trading centre has now become a residential, commercial, industrial and IT hub of South India. The fourth largest metropolitan in the country is developing on a lightning pace. With more and more areas coming under the cover of Chennai, greater importance and fast development is happening in the suburban Chennai.
The center areas of the city are developing into commercial zones. Hence most of the city’s population has moved to sub-urban Chennai considering the property rates in the commercial areas and the cost of living as well. Chennai Metropolitan consists of Chennai district, parts of Thiruvallur district and parts of Kanchipuram district. The existing area of Chennai is 174 sq km. The expansion of Chennai is planned to cover the surrounding area of 256 sq km. Greater Chennai will be 430 sq km in total. Greater Chennai has the potential to connect every part of the city and the towns outside the city with better infrastructure and transportation making the commutation time less and comfortable to the people.
The following is the list of local bodies that has been included in the greater Chennai corporation:
9 Municipalities – Kathivakkam, Thiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Maduravoyal, Valasaravakkam, Alandur and Ullagaram – Puuzhuthivakkam.
8 Town Panchayats – Chinna Sekkadu, Puzhal, Porur, Nandambakkam, Meenambakkam, Perungudi, Pallikaranai and Sholinganallur.
25 Village Panchayats – Idayanchavady, Sadayankuppam, Kadapakkam, Theeyambakkam, Mathur, Vadaperumbakkam, Suraipet, Kathirvedu, Puthagaram, Nolambur, Karambakkam, Nerkundram, Ramapuram, Mugalivakkam, Manapakkam, Kottivakkam, Pallavakkam, Neelankarai, Injambakkam, Karapakkam, Okkiyum-Thoraipakkam, Madipakkam, Jalladampet, Semmanchery and Uthandi.
42 neighboring local bodies have been brought under city limits being part of greater Chennai. The existing city is struggling to get proper infrastructure. With the addition of more local bodies to the existing city is going to need more efficient and effective planning and implementation which would lie depending upon the political stability. In spite of the expansion plans, the implementation lies in the hands of the political group of the ruling government. This has been a biggest drawback in Chennai. Hope that plans would be implemented considering the welfare of the people and not dependent on the ruling government.