A revised city development plan (CDP), the first such initiative after expansion of the Chennai Corporation limits, will be developed after the Lok Sabha elections.

The Chennai Corporation issued a work order for the CDP a few weeks before the notification of election dates. “Meeting with stakeholders will take place only after the elections as the model code of conduct is in place,” said an official.

“The plan will focus more on the informal sector as it provides over 70 per cent of jobs,” said the official. The sector covers a chunk of the goods and services utilised in the city.

The impact of the formal sector, comprising automobile manufacturing, software services, hardware, healthcare and financial services, will also be studied as part of the CDP.

The review will provide answers to the severely-strained transportation, water supply, sanitation and energy sectors which affect most city residents.

“New options to cope with high levels of inability or unwillingness to pay for civic services will be included in the plan,” the official said.

Infrastructure deficiencies for each residential neighbourhood and a long list of investment plans will be completed in six months, based on the outcome of workshops with residents.

The civic body will review the earlier plan, made in 2006, to suit the needs of the expanded city. The 2006 CDP was revised in 2009 to guide development of the city.

As part of development of the CDP, a series of participatory workshops with civil society, the informal sector and the homeless will begin after the Lok Sabha elections.

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