Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority

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Coordinates: 13°04′40″N 80°15′54″E / 13.07790°N 80.26489°E / 13.07790; 80.26489

The CMDA masterplan for Chennai
Districts and Taluks of the metropolitan area, which is now equivalent to the city limits (metro area has yet to be redefined)

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), formerly known as Madras Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) is the nodal planning agency within the Chennai Metropolitan Area. It is headquartered at Thaalamuthu Natarajan Building at Egmore.


The MMDA (CMDA) was constituted as an ad hoc body in 1972 under the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act 1971. It was formed as the nodal Town planning authority for the city of Madras (now Chennai) and its suburbs and became a statutory body in 1974.[1] It is headed by minister for housing as its chairman [1].

In January 2013, CMDA was recognised as a research centre by the Centre for Research, Anna University.[1]


The jurisdiction includes, Chennai district, only places like Vandalur Mannivakkam,Kandigai,Mambakkam and Kolapakkam Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Sholinganallur, Tambaram taluks of Kanchipuram district Falls in Chennai city region and Ambattur, Gummidipoondi, Madhavaram, Ponneri, Poonamallee,Few Places In Uthukottai and Tiruvallur taluks of Tiruvallur district[citation needed].


Some of the notable projects undertaken by the CMDA include: Arakkonam Vellore district also added with cmda.


  1. ^ a b Xavier Lopez, Aloysius (13 February 2013). "CMDA declared a centre for research". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 17 Feb 2013. 

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