The Assembly on Thursday adopted a Bill, increasing the number of wards of the Chennai Municipal Corporation from 155 to 200 in the wake of expansion of the limits of the Corporation.
The Bill replaced an ordinance promulgated on December 20. The government, in its order issued in December 2009, decided to expand the limits of the Corporation by including 42 local bodies adjoining the city.
Seven municipalities, three town panchayats and 13 panchayat unions in Tiruvallur district and two municipalities, five town panchayats and 12 panchayat unions in Kancheepuram district would be brought under the Corporation, according to the government order.
Based on the inclusion, the delimitation of wards would be carried out for the next ordinary election scheduled to be held later this year.
While the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam opposed the Bill, the Pattali Makkal Katchi wanted the legislation to be referred to the Standing Committee.
S.P. Velumani (AIADMK) contended that the expansion would not be beneficial to people. The institutions that were serving the city people would face greater pressure. There would be imbalanced development.
PMK deputy leader K. Arumugam said considering its implications, the Bill should be referred to the Standing Committee.
“Create new corporations”
Earlier, participating in the debate on the Governor's address, PMK leader G.K.Mani said that instead of expanding the Corporation by bringing more areas under its limits, the government could create new Corporations, devolving greater power.
Referring to the points raised by the PMK and AIADMK members, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, in his reply, said that compared to other metropolitan cities, the existing area of Chennai was less.
The increase in the number of wards would enable securing higher financial assistance and grants. It was on this count that the limits of Hyderabad and Bangalore went up.