A. Srivathsan

CHENNAI: The State government is considering a plan to create two new local planning authorities in the suburbs of Chennai.

Forty-four villages west of Old Mahabalipuram Road and south of the Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road will be grouped to form a Local Planning Area (LPA). Ninety villages in the Sriperumbdur area will be grouped to form another Local Planning Area. These areas will have their own master plan for development in these suburbs and a planning authority to regulate them. The respective Collectors and local bodies will be the members of the authority and a town planning official will serve as its member secretary, according to sources at the Directorate of Town and Country Planning.

Bangalore model

The Directorate is studying the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority to see whether a similar model can be worked out for Chennai. The Authority was established to plan, co-ordinate and supervise the development within the Bangalore Metropolitan Region. It administers an area spread over 8000 sq.km. There are eight local planning authorities, including a separate Bangalore International Airport Planning Authority, within the Metropolitan Region Development Authority.