Seven years on, CMDA yet to update land use map; experts question delay

If you browse the CMDA land map you will find St Thomas Mount, Kottivakkam and Sholinganallur still coming under panchayat union.

Published: 12th January 2019 02:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th January 2019 05:14 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

CHENNAI: If you browse the CMDA land map you will find St Thomas Mount, Kottivakkam and Sholinganallur still coming under panchayat union. Fret not, for the CMDA is yet to update the land use map, even seven years after the Greater Chennai Corporation expanded its limits to 426 square km.
“The process got delayed... But we are currently updating it and it will be ready in a month,” a CMDA official told Express.

“The content is more or less the same. We only have to update names. Till now people have not raised an issue,” the official added. Experts, however, have been questioning the delay. 

“If CMDA is not even able to update the land use map of the second master plan, how will it update the land use plan when Chennai Metropolitan Area is extended to 8,879 square km,” asks former Anna University professor of urban engineering KP Subramanian. He says updating the map is not a difficult task as CMDA has the required technology. 

“The problem is that CMDA planners are more focused on setbacks and enforcements, not on planning. They should focus more on planning and infrastructure development,” says Subramanian. “Planning permissions that have been granted could face legal challenges if the land use plans and maps are not updated.”

The anomalies in the second master plan — wherein low-lying areas have been classified as private water bodies — have been discussed at the “highest levels” of State administration, which indicates that the master plan division failed to check whether the water bodies are there at the site or not. They just used remote sensing data, and failed to clarify with the Village Administration Officer. 

But the CMDA official defended the second master plan land use map. “Once the satellite imagery shows the area has water, we monitor it through the satellite and after it is ascertained, we mark it as water body. Then we call for objections and suggestions. The owners have to raise objections. If he delays it, then the entire process of reclassification undergoes a huge process,” he added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp