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Land and Estate

Formation

This Department was formed by merging the Land Section and Survey Section from Works Department and Miscellaneous section from the Revenue Department as per Council Resolution No. 563/89, dated 1.7.1989 to dealing with the matters related to Lands and Estates of the Corporation.

Functions

  • Maintaining all the basic records pertaining to the Corporation lands.
  • Monitoring the taking over of roads and open spaces earmarked in the approved layouts through gift deeds u/s 74 of CCMC Act 1919,
    • From layout promoters as per sec.19(a)(iii)(iv) &(vi) of Development Control Rules.
    • From T.N.H.B. as per section 61(1) & (2) of T.N.H.B. Act,1961
    • From TNSCB as per TNSCB Act,1971
  • Taking necessary action for effecting the transfer of such lands in the revenue records in favour of Chennai Corporation after making suitable sub-divisions.
  • Collection of rent for Corporation land, buildings and tenements and review of all lands allotted on lease/license basis.
  • Allotment of shops in Corporation Shopping Complex on license basis to private individuals through auction cum tender and collection of rent.
  • Sending proposals to the Land Acquisition Officer for acquisition of lands for Corporation purpose either under T.N. Land Acquisition Act, 1894 or through private negotiation.
  • Accepting any immovable properties gifted in favour of Chennai Corporation from the donor through Gift deed u/s 74 of CCMC Act, 1919.
  • Sending proposals for alienation of Government lands u/s.24 of Revenue standing in favour of Chennai Corporation for public purpose.
  • Disposal of Corporation lands to other Government Department for public purpose u/s. 75 of CCMC Act, 1919.
  • Sale of City/Division Maps to the public on collection of cost.(City Map Rs.50/- each and Division Map Rs.25/- each).

Land Acquisition

When there is no Corporation private or Government vested land available for any developmental activities of Corporation of Chennai such as construction of School buildings, Hospitals, Dispensaries, Bridges, Culverts, Roads, Parks and Play grounds and Public Conveniences etc., then the private lands required are being acquired through the concerned Land Acquisition Officer either under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Land Acquisition Act, 1894 or through private negotiations. In such event after getting resolution of Council as per provisions of 76 of the C.C.M.C. Act 1919, the proposals in the format prescribed by the Government along with the sketches etc. are sent to the Collector, Chennai District through this department. The cost of acquisition is being borne by the respective requisitioning department of Corporation of Chennai. These kind of acquired lands are classified as Corporation private lands. These lands can be utilised only for the purposed for which it was acquired. If it is proposed for other use, permission of the Government is necessary.

Alienation of Government Lands

Any Government lands which were not vested with corporation, if required, for any developmental activities of Corporation of Chennai such as construction of School buildings, Hospitals, Dispensaries, Bridges, Culverts, Roads, Parks, Play grounds and Public Conveniences etc. are being requisitioned for alienation by the Government. As per provisions contained in section 24 of the Revenue Standing Order, after getting resolution of the Council, proposals in the format prescribed along with the sketches etc. are sent to the Collector, Chennai District through this department. The lands alienated in favour of Chennai Corporation are classified as "Corporation Public lands". This kind of land can be utilised only for the purpose for which it was alienated. If that land alienated in favour of the Corporation could not be utilised for the purpose and when it is required by any other Government Departments, then the right of the Corporation of Chennai over the alienated land is relinquished to the Collector by the Corporation for eventual alienation to any other Govt. Departments after getting the resolution of the Corporation Council.

OSR Lands / Roads

As per provision under section 19(1)(iii)(iv) and (vi) of the Development Control Rules, the lands reserved for as Open Space, Roads, Parks and Playgrounds etc. shall be retained for the public purpose as specified in the approved layout by the C.M.D.A. and Director of Town Country Planning, shall be vested with the local body. These lands were automatically vested as the property of the respective local body prior to the introduction of handing over these lands with a registered gift deed. Nowadays, these kind of lands are being taken over from the respective layout promoters/TNHB/TNSCB etc. by a registered gift deed after getting resolution from the council as per provisions under section 74 of CCMC Act.

The lands so reserved shall be free from construction/encroachment. These lands can be utilised only for the purpose for which it was reserved. If it is decided to change the usage, permission of Govt. should be obtained after getting resolution of council and proposals may be sent through the CMDA to the Govt. The reserved land shall not be sold or let out to any Govt. dept./private individuals. But this can be permitted for maintenance if requested by the respective Residence Association or Flat Owners Association for a specific period after getting resolution of the Council.

No permanent structure can be made in any of these lands without prior permission of the Government as per provisions under section 8 of the Tamil Nadu Parks, Play Fields and Open Spaces (Preservation and Regulation) Act, 1959

The details of all such OSR lands shall be prepared and published by the Government every five years as per provisions under section 5(3) (a) & (b) of the Tamil Nadu Parks, Play Fields and Open Spaces (Preservations and Regulations) Act 1959. These kind of lands classified as "Corporation Private lands".

Gift Lands

Any donor may donate any immovable property to the Corporation of Chennai for the use of the public purpose such as Hospitals, Schools etc through a registered gift deed and this can be accepted by the Corporation as per provisions under section 74 of CCMC Act after getting resolution of the Corporation Council. This kind of land can be used only for the purpose for which it was donated. This kind of lands are classified as "Corporation Private lands".

Transfer of Corporation Lands to Government Departments / Undertakings / Corporations/ Boards

Disposal of Corporation lands to any private individual/organisation etc. are banned by the Govt. in G.O.(Rt)No. 730, RDLA Department, dated 14.4.1976.
If the land acquired by the Corporation is no longer required for the purpose for which it was acquired is required by any other Government Departments/ Undertakings /Corporations/Boards can be disposed as per G.O.(Rt) No.25, M.A.W.S. Department dated 25.2.2000 by sale on collection of cost of land fixed by the Collector as per G.O.(Rt) No.35, M.A.W.S. Department, dated 17.2.1997 after getting resolution of the Corporation Council as per provisions under sec 75 of CCMC Act.
However, it can be disposed of at the rate of Rs.10000/- per ground if the land in question is pre-occupied by the slum dwellers where the TNSCB is coming forward to take up developmental project over the land as per G.O.(Rt) 35 M.A.W.S. Department dt 17.2.1997.

Lease

Many of the immovable properties of the Corporation if requested by any Government Departments/ Undertakings / Corporations/ Boards /Private Associations / Individuals may be let on lease basis as per provisions under section 75 of CCMC Act 1919 prior to the year 1976.

Accordingly about 532 lands have been let out at different periods for some specific period on lease rent basis. As the lease period of all the cases have already expired at various stages, actions have been initiated to resume the lands. Some of the lands have been resumed and most of them have filed cases against the resumption in various courts. The Corporation is taking necessary steps to defend the case and to resume the lands. The arrears of lease rent if any is pending for the valid period of lease is being collected, if the land continues to be in possession of either the original lessee or any of his legal heirs or any other person in occupation demand for the payment of damages fee for the use and occupation are being sent and collect till the resumption of the land. The lands leased, resumed etc. are detailed below:

The details of rates of damages fee fixed for collection for various periods are as detailed below:

Res.No. 4945/93, dated 16.12.93 1741/96, dated 17.08.96 3541/97, dated 29.10.97 432/2000, dated 20.07.2000 Res.No. 500/2004,dated 23.12.2004
Period 01.04.89 to 16.12.93 01.04.96 to 30.09.97 01.10.97 to 31.03.2000 01.04.2000 to 31.03.2003 01.04.2003 to 31.03.2005
Commercial Rs.1000/- Rs.1200/- Rs.2400/- Rs.2640/- Rs.3036/-
Non Commercial Rs. 500/- Rs. 600/- Rs.1200/- Rs.1320/- Rs.1518/-
Charitable Rs. 250/- Rs. 300/- Rs. 600/- Rs. 660/- Rs.759/-

The Govt. in its order issued in G.O.Ms.No.730, R.D.&L.A. Department dated 14.4.1976 has imposed ban for leasing lands. As such no lease of land made to any private individual / Association. However, the Government in its order No.G.O.(Rt) No.25, M.A.&W.S. department, dated 25.2.2000 has relaxed the ban order in cases of lease of land required by any Government Departments/ Undertakings / Corporations/ Boards /Private Associations / Individuals etc. Accordingly, if any of the Government Departments/ Undertakings / Corporations/ Boards /Private Associations / Individuals etc. requests for lease of lands, lands are let on license basis for a specified period and at the rate fixed by the Corporation up to a maximum period of three years.

 

Rent from Tenements and Hutting Grounds

The Chennai Corporation is having tenements in the following areas:

List of Tenements

sl.no. Name & Location of Tenements No. of Tenements
1 Cemetry Road Lines, Washermanpet 186
2 Salai Vinayagar Koil St., Broadway 14
3 R.S.No. 1896 of Tondiarpet 5
4 Basin Bridge Road Tenemants 30
5 Bunder Rama Naicken Garden Lines, Broadway 146
6 Bogipalayam Lines (Perambur Barracks road) 316
7 Conransmith Nagar (Perambur Barracks road) 111
8 Kalyana Maistry Mudali Garden(Perambur Barracks road) 54
9 Chellappa Street, Otterii 52
10 Angalamman Koil Street, Choolai 6
11 Samy Reddy pettah Lines, Egmore 65
12 Anglo Indiian Quarters, Egmore 20
13 Begum Sahib Street, Royapettah 9
  Total 1014

Most of the occupants of the above tenements have opted for outright purchase of the tenements in their favour. But, the Government have given direction vide their letter No.183, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, dated 21.7.1997 not to send any proposals to Government to relax the Ban order to dispose of the tenements in favour of the occupants/employees of Chennai Corporation. Further, the Government have given direction to allot the Corporation tenements only on rental basis to the employees who are in service. Hence, the rent is being collected from the occupants for their occupation. The annual income from tenements is about Rs.12 Lakhs per year.

Hutting Grounds

The Chennai Corporation is having Hutting grounds in the following areas:

List of Hutting Grounds

Sl.No. Location
1 Market Form
2 Stanley Nagar
3 Narashima Nagar
4 Ram Nagar
5 Dwaraka Nagar
6 Kannammapet
7 Gandhi Nagar
8 Corporation Colony, Rangarajapuram

Naming and Re-Naming of Streets, Parks, Playgrounds Etc.,

U/s.228 of CCMC Act, 1919, the Council shall give names to new public streets, parks, playgrounds, bus-stands, arch or new municipal properties and may alter the name of any public streets, parks, playgrounds, bus-stands, arch or municipal properties subject to the approval of the State Government.
However, the Government have given direction vide G.O.(Rt.) No.113, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, dated 30.6.1998 not to send any proposals to Government for naming or re-naming of public street, park, playground, bus-stand, arch or municipal property. Further, the Government have reiterated in G.O.No.573, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, dated 14.12.2001 to follow the above instructions.

Installation of Statues In Corporation Areas

The Government have issued guidelines in G.O.(Rt.)No.221, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, dated20.11.1998 for installation of statues in Corporation areas that

  • The statue, Arch etc., should be installed only after getting the orders from the Government.
  • The statue, Arch etc., which have been already erected should be maintained by the Associations concerned at their own cost.
  • If the statue is required to be shifted for any reason, the same may be shifted only after getting orders from the Government.

Erection of Bunks on road side areas

U/s.223(5) of CCMC Act, 1919, the Council have power to lease road sides and street margins vested in the Corporation for occupation of such terms and conditions and for such period as it may fix. Permission for erection of Bunks, Telephone Booths, and Kiosks on road sides and street margins were given to the Handicapped persons. But, due to the ban order imposed by the Council in its Res.No.96/92, dated 23.3.1992 read with Res.No.560/96, dated 20.12.1996, the granting of permission for erection of such structures has been suspended and no renewal of permission is undertaken in favour of private individuals.