Fillip to TN’s growth with urban planning

Government mulls including left out areas to augment development.

Published: 17th April 2013 08:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2013 08:30 AM   |  A+A-


The state government on Tuesday said it aims at a planned urban growth and plans to operationalise a Land Use Information System, which would be made available on the Internet.

With the online system, the public can gather details on construction permits for residential sites at the click of a mouse.

Replying in the Assembly on demand for grants, Housing and Urban development Minister R Vaithilingam expressed the government’s vision to increase the role of planning in urban development through the expansion and creation of new plan areas across the State.

Plan areas are those coming under a master plan, outside the ambit of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA).

Currently, there are vast areas in the state that doesn’t come under plan areas. Inclusion in planning areas would augment their development.

The minister announced the expansion of four Composite Planning Areas, upgradation of two Local Planning Areas into Composite Planning Areas and the creation of four Single Local Planning Areas.

Composite Planning Areas in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Vellore and Nagercoil would see expansion and the Local Planning Areas of Krishnagiri and Ooty would be elevated to the status of Composite Planning Areas.

The government would also establish new Single Local Planning Areas in Peranampattu, Kangeyam, Vellakoil and Gudlaur (Theni District) municipalities.

Vaithilingam also informed the House that the government would take up the construction of 5,653 housing units and 20,699 slum tenements through the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) and the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board respectively.

Also, 3,112 TNHB quarters set to be rented out to government servants were to be allotted to local bodies and other government bodies in the face of low internal demand, he said.

Vaithilingam also announced that his department would carry out a rain water harvesting audit to review the implementation of the norms, which had been made mandatory by the previous AIADMK government.

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority would also look into the feasibility of developing the eastern stretch along the Outer Ring Road in Chennai, he added.

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