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Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) was constituted as an ad-hoc body in 1972 and become statutory body in 1974 vide the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act 1971. It was established under the sub-section 1 of the section 9 –A (2) of the Act and consisting of the following members:


1 Hon'ble Minister for Housing and Urban Development Chairman
2 Vice- Chairman, CMDA Vice Chairman
3 Member-Secretary, CMDA Member
4 Secretary to Government H&UD Member
5 Secretary to Government, Finance Dept. Member
6 Secretary to Government, Industries Dept. Member
7 Secretary to Government, Transport Dept. Member
8 Commissioner, Corporation of Chennai Member
9 Managing Director CMWSS Board Member
10 Director , Town & Country Planning Member
11 Chief Urban Planner , CMDA Member
12 Chief Engineer, Highways & Rural Works Department Member
13 Chief Architect to Government Member
14 Joint Director, Town & Country Planning Member
15 Chairman, Tamil nadu Housing Board Member
16 Chairman Tamil nadu Slum Clearance Board Member
17 Member of the State Legislative Assembly 2 Members
18 Representatives of Local Bodies in CMA 4 Members
19 Member-Secretary Tamil nadu Pollution Control Board Special Invitee


The functions of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority are:
  • To carry out a survey of the Chennai Metropolitan planning area and prepare reports on the surveys so carried out.
  • To prepare a Master Plan or Detailed Development Plan or New Town development Plan as the case may be for the Chennai Metropolitan planning Area.
  • To prepare an existing land use map and such other maps as may be necessary for the purpose of preparing any development plan.
  • To cause to be carried out such works as are contemplated in any development plan.
  • To designate the whole of Chennai Metropolitan planning area or any part thereof within its jurisdiction as a new town and to perform the following function viz.
    • Sa. To prepare a New Town development plan for the area concerned , and
    • To secure the laying out and development of the new town in accordance with the New Town development plan.
  • To perform such other functions as may be entrusted to it by the Government.
    • The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority may by order, entrust to any local authority or other Authority as may be specified in such order, the work of execution any development plan prepared by it.
    • The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority may by order, authorize any local authority or other authority as may be specified in such order, to exercise any of the power vested in by or under the Town and Country Planning Act -1971 and may in like manner withdraw such authority and the exercise of any power delegated in this behalf shall be subject to such restrictions and conditions as may be specified in such order


The vision of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority is to provide people friendly administration in the process of ensuring better quality of life in Chennai Metropolitan Area through environmentally sustainable, economically progressive, technologically innovative management policies and programs.
Name Designation Contact Number
Thiru O.Panneerselvam
Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister
Chairman 28414402 (D)
28414855 - ext.234
Thiru S.Krishnan I.A.S
Principal Secretary to Government,
Housing & Urban Development Department
Vice-Chairman i/c 28528008 (D)
28414855 - Ext.200
Thiru Rajesh Lakhoni I.A.S Member-Secretary 28414355 (D)
28414855 - Ext.210
Fax : 28548416
Dr. M.Mathivanan I.A.S Chief Executive Officer 28415618 (D)
28414855 - Ext.400
Fax : 28518153
If you have any grievances please write to mscmda@tn.gov.in

If you have already written to the above address and still your grievance not been addressed, please write to vccmda@tn.gov.in

For any specific information about Corruption and Malpractices in any of the dealings in this Organization, Public are requested to contact the Chief Vigilance Officer at his official E-mail id ceocmda@tn.gov.in

Postal Address

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority,
'Thalamuthu-Natarajan Maaligai',
No.1, Gandhi Irwin Road, Egmore,
Chennai – 600 008.
Phone : 28414855
Fax : 28548416
Name Designation Contact Number Description
Tmt. N. Usha Chief Planner 28414855 - Ext.405 Area Development Unit
New Towns
  • MM Nagar
  • Manali
Special Projects
  • KWMC Perishable
  • Food Grain Market
  • Kadambur
  • I&SM at Sathangadu
  • Bus Terminus at MBTT Complex
  • Bus Terminus at Vandalur
  • Truck Terminal Project at Karunakaracheri
  • Truck Terminal Project at Annambedu
  • Tower I and II
Thiru P. Selvadurai Chief Planner 28414855 - Ext.570 Road and Rail Division
Thiru N. Kanagasabapathy Chief Planner 28414855 - Ext.300 Regularisation Unit
  • Regularisation Unit
  • Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (CUMTA)
Thiru. C.S. Murugan Chief Planner 28418659 (D)
28414855 - Ext.220
Master Plan Unit
  • Master Plan
  • DDP (Detailed Development Plan)
  • GIS (Geographical Information System)
  • HCC (Heritage Conservation Committee)
  • Environment
  • Coastal Regulation Zone Management Plan
  • Computer Cell
Name Designation Contact Number Description
Thiru. N.S. Periasamy Senior Planner 28414855 - Ext.405 Area Development Unit
  • 'A' Channel (Special Sanction)
  • 'B' Channel
  • CCC
  • Industries and Institutions
Thiru. A. Krishnakumar Senior Planner 28414855 - Ext.590
  • Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) Phase-II & Phase-II Extension Projects
  • Sub urban guage conversion project
  • Outer Ring Road project
  • Development of Air Space Over Velachery MRTS Station (2013-14)
Thiru. S. Rudiramurthy Senior Planner 28414855 - Ext.222 Regularisation Unit
  • Metro Rail Project (Including Chennai Mobility Plan)
  • Second Master plan - Follow up
  • Study on preparation of DPR for the construction of Two Pedestrian Sub-ways at Alandur and Arunbakkam
  • Feasibility Report for forming an elevated road on NH45 from Trisoolam to Chengalpet (2014-15)
  • Financial Assistance from CMDA funds for development of central Square (2015-16) and Kathipara & Shenoy Nagar
  • Four studies being taken up based on the announcement in 2017-18
  • Review Team & Appeal
  • Local body Assistance Programme
  • Community Based Environment Development
  • Regularisation Layout
Thiru. A. Balasubramaniyan Senior Planner 28414855 - Ext.444 Area Plans Unit
  • Multi-storied Building Including I.T
  • Layout
  • Reclassification
  • Transfer of Development Rights
Thiru. N. Ravikumar Senior Planner 28414855 - Ext.370 Enforcement Cell
Senior Planner 28414855 - Ext.585 New Town
  • MM Nagar
  • Manali
Special Projects
  • KWMC Perishable
  • Food Grain Market
  • Kadambur
  • I&SM at Sathangadu
  • Bus Terminus at MBTT Complex
  • Bus Terminus at Vandalur
  • Truck Terminal Project at Karunakaracheri
  • Truck Terminal Project at Annambedu
  • Tower I and II
Name Designation Contact Number Description
Thiru. C. Prem Anand Surendran Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.429 Legal Cell
Thiru. R. Magudapathy Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.490 Area Plans Unit - 'B' Channel (South)
Tmt. S. Kanchanamala Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.230
28414855 - Ext.
Area Plans Unit - Reclassification
Master Plan Unit - Detailed Development Plan
Thiru V. Kumar Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.
28414855 - Ext.
Master Plan Unit - Detailed Development Plan, Computerization work and e-Governance
Tmt. R. Meena Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.470 Area Plans Unit - B Channel(North), Counseling and Consultancy Counter, A Channel (Special Sanction)
Thiru. D. Sabapathy Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.455
28414855 - Ext.567
28414855 - Ext.535
Road Transport Division
Metro Rail
Thiru. P. Gajendran Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.480 Area Plans Unit - MSB (South)
Thiru. S. Panneerselvam Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.322
28414855 - Ext.375
Enforcement Cell - (North - I)
Enforcement Cell - (North - II)
Thiru. M. Shanmugam Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.390
28414855 - Ext.
Area Plans Unit - MSB (North) - IT
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR)
Tmt. R. Anusuya Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.484 Area Plans Unit - Layout
Tmt. S. Shantha Sudha Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.380 Regularisation Layout Division-II
Thiru. K.S. Rajendiran Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.333 Regularisation - Reg. I , Reg Industries & Institutions
Tmt. H. Vijila Jasmine Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.345
28414855 - Ext.349
Enforcement Cell - (Central - I)
Enforcement Cell - (Central - II)
Tmt. G . Vijayalakshmi Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.470
28414855 - Ext.365
Enforcement Cell (South - I)
Enforcement Cell - (South - II)
Tmt. N. Alamelu Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.465 Area Plans Unit - B Channel (Central, RTI)
Tmt. R.K. Vedhavathi Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.315 Reg - Special Buildings, Regularisation - MSB
Tmt. J.Sharmila Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.430 Area Development Unit - New Town, Special Projects
Thiru. N.K.Ramesh Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.334 Area Plans Unit - Review Team & Appeal
Tmt. V.Sharmilee Deputy Planner 28414855 - Ext.303
28414855 - Ext.381
Area Plans Unit - Industries
Regularisation Layout Division-I
Name Designation Contact Number Description
Thiru T. Muthuraman Deputy Financial Analyst 28414855 - Ext.580 All finance and Accounts pertains to CMDA
Thiru V. Kasthuri Senior Accounts Officer
Chief Accounts Officer i/c
28414855 - Ext.360
28414855 - Ext.510
Accounts Main Office
Finance Division
Thiru N. Soundarajan Senior Accounts Officer i/c 28414855 - Ext.513 Area Development Unit
Thiru P. Baalakirushnan Accounts Officer (Works) i/c 28414855 - Ext.530 Construction Wing - Accounts
Name Designation Contact Number Description
Thiru N. Srinivasa Rao Superintending Engineer - I 28419883 (D)
28414855 - Ext.500
  • All projects & maintenance works now dealt in Construction Wing Division-I.
  • Electrical Works relating to civil works dealt in Division-I.
  • Estate Officer of Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT)
  • Executive Engineer (i/c) of Division-I
Thiru S. Shanmughavadivelu Superintending Engineer - II 28414855 - Ext.555
  • All projects & maintenance works now dealt in Construction Wing Division-II.
  • Electrical Works relating to civil works in Division-II.
  • Estate Officer of Chennai Contract Carriage Bus Terminus (CCCBT).
  • Administrative Control over Personnel Management (PM) Division in Construction Wing.
  • The execution work in respect of I&SM, Sathangadu.
Thiru B. Raja Mahesh Kumar Executive Engineer (Division - II, Construction Wing) 28414855 - Ext.547
  • Maintenance of MBTT, KWMC, I&SM, CCCBT, Manali New Town.
  • Works related to Manjambakkam and Maraimalai Nagar.
  • Issue of Compliance Certificate on stability, taking over of OSR sites, OSD of Tower-II.
Thiru A. Balamurugan Executive Engineer (Division - III, Construction Wing) 28414855 - Ext.545
  • All electrical works of Construction Wing of Division-I, Division-II and Division-III except BMC Tower-II.
Thiru S. Johuel Executive Engineer (Division - I, Construction Wing) 28414855 - Ext.577
  • Maintenance of CMBT
  • Supervision of Food Grain Market Godown and Commercial Complex at Food Grain Market
  • Construction of Inter City Bus Terminus at Madhavaram
  • Construction of New Mofussil Bus Terminus at Kilambakkam
Name Designation Contact Number Description
Thiru. R. Srinivasan Senior Law Officer 28584855 (D)
28414855 - Ext.425
All legal matters pertaining to CMDA
Tmt S. Vasanthi Administrative Officer i/c
Senior Estate Officer
Senior Estate Officer i/c
28414855 - Ext.350
28414855 - Ext.420
28414855 - Ext.414
All establishment matters of Administration Division
KWMC & Sathangadu I&SM Madhavaram Truck Terminal, Manjambakkam Truck Parking yard
Estate Management of MM Nagar and Manali
Thiru B. Balasubramanian District Revenue Officer / Chief
Administrative Officer i/c
24791133 (D) Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex,
Market Management Committee (MMC)
Tmt. C. Jyothi District Revenue Officer
District Revenue Officer i/c
28419883 (D) 28414855 - Ext.570
24799968 (D)
Thiru S. Yesudas Personnel Manager
Grievance Officer i/c
Public Relations Officer i/c
28414855 - Ext.335
28414855 - Ext.355
28414855 - Ext.504
Bills, Pension Main office. Reg Unit.(Addl.)
Grievance/complaint petitions
Representation under RTI Act
Public Relations
Thiru P. Ramalingam Personnel Manager 28414855 - Ext.441 Area Development Unit, Construction Wing

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CMDA?

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority is a statutory organization of the Tamil Nadu Government. Its responsibility is among other, to regulate all physical developments within Chennai Metropolitan Area on planned lines. For this purpose CMDA has prepared a Master Plan which designates the land use permissible in every part of the Chennai Metropolitan Area.

What is Development?

Development, as per the Town and Country Planning Act, 1971, means carrying out of any building, engineering, or other such operations on, over or under land and includes making any change in the use of Control Rules forming part of the Master Plan. (Booklet available on sale at CMDA)

What is Planning Permission?

Before you undertake any development you have to obtain Planning Permission from the CMDA, which is must under the Town & Country Planning Act. The permission is valid for 3 years from the date of issue. Planning Permission once issued can be renewed for another period of 3 years by an application within the validity period of issued Planning Permission.

How do you obtain Planning Permission?

Two categories of applications have been prescribed –Form-‘A’ for laying out of lands for building purposes and Form-‘B’ for all other development. You can get an application form paying the appropriate amount from the offices of Chennai City Municipal Corporation, or the Municipality Township or Panchayat Union. These forms are not on sale in the CMDA office since applications are to be filed directly with the Corporation or local body.

What are the documents to be attached to the application?

  • Five copies of plans showing:
    • A detailed site plan with the site distinguished clearly and the proposed structure located within the site, indicating specifically the dimensions by which it is set back from the property boundaries.
    • Plan, elevation and sectional details of the structure proposed to be constructed or developed, distinguishing clearly the existing developments if any, as also full relevant details if the development comprised of institution of new use or change of use.
    • Key plan showing location of the site. These plans and the application are to be signed by the applicant and an Architect or a Surveyor, licensed by the local body for the purpose.
  • Clearance from the competent authority (if necessary)
  • Sale deed / Lease deed and Patta to establish your title to the land

With whom should you file the application?

Chennai City Municipal Corporation / Municipality / Town Panchayat / Panchayat Union, as the case may be.

On what basis is Planning Permission issued?

Your application will be scrutinized with reference to the land use for which site has been designed under the Master Plan or the Detailed Development Plan read with the Development Control Rule corresponding to that particular use. If the application satisfies the Development Control Rules, Planning Permission will be issued, and if not, Planning Permission will be refused by the Local Authority. Only in major cases the applications may have to be referred to the CMDA by the local Authority, for its scrutiny.

Will the site be inspected?

Your site will invariably be inspected by either the Building plan Surveyor / Town Planning Officer or Engineer concerned or an official of the Local Authority / official of CMDA as the case may be.

How long does it take to get a decision?

A decision on your application will be communicated to you, barring exceptional circumstances, within 45 days from the date on which you file your application.

What are your rights if you are aggrieved by the decision?

If Permission is refused by the Local Authority or the CMDA you may appeal to the Government at Housing and Urban Development Department.

What happens if you do not apply for Planning Permission at all?

If you carry out any developments without proper permission it will be treated as unauthorized development. Construction made without permission can be demolished under the Act. In the case of deviation from the approved plan also, permission is to be obtained. A revised plan showing the deviations should be submitted and the procedure for the approval of the original plan will apply to all such deviation plans also.

Should you pay a License fee / Development Charge?

If your application is fit to be approved, a demand will be sent to you by the local authority / CMDA for payment of development charges and other fees applicable. The rate will depend on the proposed uses and the floor area.

What is your obligation as a Developer within the CMDA?

Obtain permission for any development / construction you decide to carry out. Complete development within the prescribed time or otherwise the permit lapses.

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