The expanded Chennai Corporation will have a total of 200 wards spread across 15 zones. The total area will increase from around 174 sq km to 426 sq km. A Government Order pertaining to the expansion, issued recently, and details of the new ward limits were placed before the Corporation Council on Thursday.
The expansion, from the existing 155 wards and 10 zones, involves bringing areas in the neighbouring local bodies. The expansion is based on comparisons with other major cities such as New Delhi, Greater Mumbai, Greater Hydera and Greater Bangalore.
The delimitation has been carried out on the basis of 2001 Census. A detailed exercise for delimiting the wards of the expanded Corporation was carried out by the civic body in consultation with local bodies concerned giving consideration to factors such income, area and population. The expansion would help the Corporation generate more resources, optimise expenditure and improve administration.
For better administration, the civic body recently made a proposal for appointment of three Additional Commissioners having offices in Saidapet, Basin Bridge and Anna Nagar. The council meeting on Thursday adopted a resolution permitting the civic body to obtain government approval for consution of 15 ward committees after the local body elections next month. It also approved the delimitation of wards and list of 4,877 polling booths.
The new northern boundary of the city would be Kathivakkam, the southern boundary Uthandi and on the west it would be Ambattur.
Ward 1 of the expanded Corporation would include 12 wards from Kathivakkam Municipality and ward 200 would be Semmanchery. Names of all wards would be decided in due course.