Chennai,Jan31(tamilnaducentral): Chennai has been rechristened as Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who effected the change through the video conferencing facility at the Secretariat.
The GCC includes 42 local bodies in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts. A government order renaming the Chennai Corporation as the Greater Chennai Corporation was issued on October 26, 2015 itself. The newly formed civic body will improve upon its infrastructure through funding from international agencies like World Bank.
Chennai Corporation previously had 10 zones, 155 wards and 174 sq.km area. After the merger of 42 local bodies in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, the GCC area has expanded to 426 sq.km.
Chennai is the biggest industrial and commercial hub of South India. It is one among the 20 cities that made it to the list of Smart Cities project envisioned by the Central government that looks to provide smart solutions for its civic issues like traffic congestion, sanitation etc. Coimbatore is the other city to be chosen for the Smart Cities project from Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa also inaugurated 31 Amma canteens set up at a cost of Rs. 8.25 crore in various localities of Chennai. A grade separator, several parks, community halls, bus depots and office buildings built at a total cost of Rs.36.26 crore were also opened.