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Commissionerate of Municipal Administration

The urban local bodies form the direct interface between the people in the urban areas and the administration.  The overall administration of 6 Municipal Corporations, 102 Municipalities is the responsibility of this Department.  Tamil Nadu, being the most urbanised State in the Country, the Department has multifarious functions in terms of providing basic infrastructure, conduct of  elections to these local bodies and administering the staff numbering 79,323.  The local bodies have 15 obligatory functions including  Public Health, drinking water etc. more ...

Directorate of Town Panchayats

Tamil Nadu is the first State to have introduced a classification in the status of local bodies as Town Panchayat, which was planned as a transitional body between Rural and Urban Local Bodies.

Among the Local Bodies, the Town Panchayats were conferred with individual administrative powers and an enhanced staff pattern and these Town Panchayats with unique functional characters have been in existence for over a century. The Town Panchayats were provided with well devised accounting and auditing procedures and the service delivery to the public has been better. The Town Panchayats normally are places of importance such as Division / Taluk headquarters, Tourist Spots, Pilgrim Centers and Commercial/Industrial towns. This has necessitated special attention to the civic needs of the Town Panchayats. more...

Chennai Corporation

Under Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919,  the Chennai Municipal Corporation is administered directly by the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department of Government of Tamil Nadu.  The Chennai Municipal Corporation covers an area of 174 Sq.Kms.  According to the 2001 census, the City of Chennai has a population of 42.16 lakhs. more...

Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board

Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) was constituted on 1-8-1978 by an Act of Legislature of State of Tamil Nadu for exclusively attending to the growing needs of and for planned development and appropriate regulation of water supply and sewerage services in the Chennai Metropolitan Area with particular reference to the protection of public health and for all matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. However, the service limits then were confined only upto Chennai City Limits. more... 


The Tamilnadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) continues to be the main implementing agency for all water supply and sewerage schemes outside the Chennai metropolitan area. TWAD has also been coordinating with the district and State Level Government Departments, the Government of India's Ministry of Rural Development and Departments of Drinking Water Supply, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Water Resources, National River Conservation Directorate, Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, Central Ground Water Board, Non Government Organisations (NGOs), academic institutions like, Anna University, Gandhigram Rural Institute, etc., to implement  the water supply and sewerage schemes  effectively in the districts of Tamilnadu. more...


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