Chennai gets its Master Development Plan

chennaiMasterPlanBy Accommodation Times Bureau

A separate master plan is being proposed for the development of the Chennai Metropolitan Area’s extended areas, that includes setting up massive public parks, increasing the green cover and enhancing the recreational activities in these areas. The proposed plan will garner much of the focus on the proposal, sources privy to the project said.

The extended areas of the Chennai Metropolitan includes the entire Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts along with the  Arakkonam taluk in Vellore district.

The extended areas would cover about 7,600 sq km spread across three districts. “One of the special aspects of the master plan is its attention to recreational facilities by creating big public parks in an area of 40 acres like those found in other metropolitan cities,” the officials told. The proposal has been already submitted to the government.

The master plan of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), which has now extended its area upto 1,189 sq km-comprises the city and its suburbs in neighbouring districts- addresses the issue of open space and recreational use zone.

It has decided to permit the public and semi-public recreational uses , open spaces, parks, play grounds, zoological and botanical gardens, nurseries, waterfront developments, museums and memorials too.

The master plan for the extended areas would consider the industrial corridors, infrastructure-related amenities and development regulations.

The master plans of towns in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts are handed over to the CMDA by the directorate of town and country planning (DTCP). The views of the local bodies in the two districts would be invited before the notification of extending the limits of the Chennai Metropolitan Area, sources added.

Real estate experts uttered the new Chennai is aiming at a quantum leap transformation from existing systems to the technology-driven platforms in order to present efficient and cost-effective services.

“Digital transformation engagement with some of the tech platforms such as GIS applications, remote sensing utility mapping services, computer aided design and drafting technologies, e-governance platform, etc will help to achieve in planning a better city for tomorrow,” said A Shankar, National Director, Strategic Consulting, JLL.

He also said that it is vital to show an integrated approach towards the enhancement of connectivity between the existing metropolitan city and the upcoming master plan.

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