Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) will send a proposal to the State government on developing a larger regional plan covering areas outside the Chennai Metropolitan Area, its Member Secretary Vikram Kapur said here on Thursday.

Such a planning, he said, would help bring about regulated development and proper infrastructure due to appropriate zoning. Mr.Kapur was speaking at a conference on ‘Chennai@ 75’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

On the areas to be covered under the larger plan, he said “while Chennai suburbs would be covered, we are not clear as to which areas the government would want us to plan for.” The CMDA had already prepared a plan for the area south of Chennai, he said, adding that the larger regional plan would need more resources and manpower.

Mr. Kapur also announced that a comprehensive transport and traffic survey being conducted by the CMDA along with the World Bank would be ready in a couple of months.

Addressing the gathering, CII Chennai Zone Chairman G. R. K. Reddy said that from 1994 to 2007 the city’s GDP grew at 6.5 per cent while the State’s GDP grew at 6.1 per cent. The Chennai Metropolitan Area’s contribution to the State GDP was 40 per cent. There were 34,520 factories and 53,315 SSI units. He said that the city accounted for 30 per cent of the country’s auto industry, 15 per cent of India’s software exports and 50 per cent of India’s leather exports.