CHENNAI: Residents of extended areas that are under the purview of Greater Chennai Corporation will no longer have to commute to far off district headquarters in Kancheepuram or Tiruvallur for addressing their grievances as these localities have been officially merged with the Chennai district. They can access a variety of public services at the Chennai district collectorate as the city‘s contours have been redrawn.

Commissioner of revenue administration K Satyagopal said that extended areas in neighbouring Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts were annexed with Chennai district. “They have been part of Chennai district from August 16,” he added. The size of Chennai has doubled from 176sqkm to 426sqkm covering all the areas of Greater Chennai Corporation, wherein the total number of revenue villages in the expanded city is 122. With the new areas added in Chennai district will now have 67 lakh residents.

Revenue department sources said that people residing in the extended areas can approach the Chennai district collectorate for a range of services offered by several departments including revenue, social welfare, survey and land records. The general public can apply for vital documents issued by the revenue department such as income and community certificates within Chennai. “They need not have travel all the way to the district collectorates at Kancheepuram or Tiruvallur to redress their grievances. They can participate in the weekly grievance meeting at the Chennai district collectorate to resolve it,” the official said. An additional revenue divisional office has been created with South Chennai getting its first revenue divisional officer, who will is functioning from Guindy.

The Chennai district collectorate looks into all issues related to land such as appeal on patta, acquisition and encroachment. Recommendation for citizenship, alteration of date of birth, legal heir certificates, implementation of schemes by the Adi-Dravidar and Tribal, Backward classes and Minorities welfare departments including allocation of accommodation in hostels run by these departments in the city are also executed by the Chennai district collectorate.

A total of 67 revenue villages Alandur and Sholinganallur from Kancheepuram and Ambattur, Madavaram, Maduravoyal and Tiruvottiyur taluks in Tiruvallur districts are part of the city. While Puzhal will form the city‘s border in north, Meenambakkam is the last revenue village in South Chennai. Areas coming under Enjambakkam revenue village will be the contours in the east and Madanandapuram near Porur is the end of extended Chennai district in the west.
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