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State of Tamil Nadu

Department of Town & Country Planning (DTCP)

Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) enacted Town & Country Planning Act (T&CP Act), 1971. It functions under the control of Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UD) of the Secretariat. The department has its jurisdiction over the entire Tamil Nadu except Chennai Metropolitan Development Area (CMDA).
Aims/goals of the Directorate:

  • To provide effective land development plan with adequate infrastructural facilities for conducive living environment required for the society. This is achieved by integrating the physical, economic as well as social planning for the diverse conditions viz., physiography, pattern of urbanisation, traditional practices, socio-economic equalities etc., prevalent in different parts of the towns and villages.
  • To achieve socio-economic development of the state through systematic development and regulation of growth of urban and rural areas of the State through Master Plans/New Town Development Plans and Detailed Development Plans.
  • To arrest the rural migration to cities and towns by rural-urban integration through Regional Plans.
  • To preserve the historical, heritage and tourism important places in the state.
  • To protect environmentally and ecologically sensitive areas of the state.

State Planning Commission, Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Department, Government of Tamil Nadu

The major functions of the State Planning Commission are as follows:

  • Preparing Five Year and Annual Plans based on the policies and priorities of the Government;
  • Undertaking Mid Term review of the Five Year Plan and advising the Government on appropriate modification and restructuring of the schemes;
  • Evaluating  major plan schemes through Department of Evaluation and Applied Research;
  • Monitoring development indicators that influence the Human Development Index, Gender Development Index, etc., at a disaggregated level;
  • Undertaking special studies as required for formulation and implementation of plan projects and programmes;
  • Monitoring the Tamil Nadu economy and sending reports to Government as and when necessary
  • Implementing and monitoring State Balanced Growth Fund (SBGF) to address the regional disparities.
  • Coordinating the functions of District Planning Cells and initiating planning process at District/Block/Village level.

The Commission has the following technical divisions:

  1. Agricultural Policy and Planning
  2. Industries, Power and Transport
  3. Land Use
  4. Education and Employment
  5. Health and Social Welfare
  6. District Planning and Rural Development
  7. Plan Co-ordination