Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority

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Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority was established in 1972 as an ad-hoc body and later came to be known as a statutory body in 1974. CMDA carries out responsibilities such as surveying and developing plans for the city of Chennai for the overall development of the city.

The chief functions of the CMDA are given below:

  • Preparing survey reports on Chennai Metropolitan planning area
  • Preparing land use maps
  • Planning and laying out new township developments
  • To authorize local authorities in proceeding with the plans
  • Ensure better quality of lifestyles
The CMDA is committed to ensuring a well developed metropolitan lifestyle, having given due importance to the environment, technology available, and its economy. In order to accomplish the task of developing the city of Chennai, CMDA has formed important units within its body. The following are these units:

  • Area Plans Unit: It is further divided into channels, viz., A channel, B channel, C channel, Layout channel, Reclassification channel, Green channel, Review and Appeal channel, and Counseling and Consultancy counter.

  • Area Development Unit: Selects locations, facilitates civil work, and estate management. For each of these functions, 3 wings have been alloted, viz., planning, construction, and the allotment wings.

  • Master Plan unit: 56 planning units to be approved by the government for the Chennai Metropolitan Area which includes 16 municipalities, 20 town panchayats, and 214 villages. Local Body Assistance program and Community based Environmental development program are two programs that are on the anvil.

  • Project Management Unit: Has undertaken traffic improvement projects under the Tamil Nadu Urban Development program.

  • Enforcement Cell: Is responsible for issuing of caution notices and completion certificates.

  • Construction Wing: Involved in projects such as Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal (Koyambedu), Chennai Contract Carriage Bus Terminus, and CMDA Tower I.
Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority is committed to providing quality services to the people of Chennai and has definitely made a mark in its project planning and execution.


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