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Updated: November 25, 2011 09:26 IST

Expanded Chennai Corporationto be divided into 3 regions

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The North, South and Central zones will have their headquarters in Basin Bridge, Shenoy Nagar and Saidapet, respectively.

The expanded Chennai Corporation will be divided into three regions -- north, south and central. The government has given an in-principle approval to divide the city covering 426 sq km into three regions.

North Chennai region would have zones of Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Tondiarpet and Royapuram covering a total area of 142.07 sq km with a population of 16.5 lakh (2001 census). The head office would be located in Basin Bridge.

Central Chennai region would cover zones of Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar, Ambattur, Anna Nagar, Teynampet and Kodambakkam. It would have an area of 128.31 sq km and a population of 29.31 lakh. The head office of Central Chennai region would be in Shenoy Nagar.

South Chennai region would include Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Adyar, Perungudi and Sholinganallur and have a total area of 158.84 km. The population of the region would be 10.8 lakh. The head office of the South Chennai region would be in Saidapet.

Each of the three regions would be headed by an IAS officer with executive and financial powers. Files pertaining to regular maintenance works would be approved by the officials at the regional level of the corporation.

The Corporation Commissioner would be in charge of all three regions with headquarters at the Ripon Buildings.

There would be Assistant Commissioners to carry out routine civic jobs at the zonal level.

Public can meet the officials at the regional level to redress civic issues such as encroachments, stormwater drains, birth and death certificates, said Corporation Commissioner D.Karthikeyan.

Very good move by the government. It is a miracle Chennai city is kept alive with amenities like transportation, power, drainage, drinking water, etc., inspite of the apathy of the public. Every one wants the extra space-next to their house, shop, or office for them (civic authorities should mark in bold yellow line where the private space ends and where the public space starts). The people go on urinating everywhere (because there is no free urinals at every street corner).Our lifestyle has changed so much we produce so much garbage and it is difficult to dispose them off (reduce, reuse, recycle). Make everyone to carry cloth bag, tiffin carrier, stainless steel or glass bottles. So much can be done with citizens participation but no one wants to start the first change. Only some authority has to take the whip in hand and order them out.

from:  Chandrasekar
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 08:39 IST

When the city was small during Sixtees, there used to be drinking water pipelines network and public taps on the streets.There used to be stormwater drainage. Roads were swept and garbages were periodically removed. Now things have changed. No development on the drinking water piping network.No new sewage treatment plants. No new drainage network nor pumping stations. Government remains with no governance. Minister comes and ministers go after the new election. Nobody cares to focus on finding a permanent solutions. When this scenario will change? Which minister will have the longtime vision to mitigate the day to day problems of city dwellers??

from:  Chittibabu
Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 at 15:15 IST

We are ashamed of calling Chennai a city ! If a so-called metropolis cannot handle its garbage in a healthy and a decent manner, no fancy Flyover , Metro or any number of MNCs or Institutions of knowledge can make this city a great one or a Modern City by any stretch of imagination. We lack Basic Civic Amenities and the city dwellers woefully lack Civic Sense. Its the duty of the authorities to make use of the media, both print and electronic to create an awareness among the residents to a healthy life-style.Radhakrishnan Nagar[600041]-Sivagamipuram intersection (which is just off Shastri Nagar- 600020)is a classic example.The Garbage bins are located in the most inappropriate spot and that too grossly inadequate to the volume of garbage landing on a daily basis. There seems to be no scientific assessment of any kind. Above all,it only smacks of Official apathy. Further, the traffic congestion at the aforesaid S-bend is to be seen to be believed.

from:  Javvaji Jai Prakash
Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 at 14:03 IST

It is a pity that the city is being expanded ,especially when the people living in the city do not have proper roads, drainage, parking, garbage clearance and a host of problems. The panchayat unions in most suburbs were doing a much better task than the Chennai corporation. I wish this expansion programme is dropped and the government and corporation concentrate and provide basic ameneties to city dwellers who are paying fancy charges for property taxes and mwss board with no water or proper drainage and with most roads gushing with sewer water on to the roads and thus leading to a host of health hazards.

from:  Priya
Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 at 09:34 IST
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