CMDA is thinking about a proposition to reclassify catchment territory close Avadi. Dodging the sweeping boycott enforced by the Madras High Court on change of water bodies and wetlands into residential areas. Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) keeps up that the site was erroneously pronounced as a water body.

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For this, an application has been documented with the planning authority looking to change the land use pattern of a site falling in 16 survey numbers of Vellanur Village in Avadi taluk of Tiruvallur District. CMDA likewise claimed that a water body can’t be renamed to any zone. Only a land wrongly delegated as water body can be considered for reclassification. Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority also proposed that the revenue department ought to certify that it was not a water body.

The quantum of land has been specified as 11.67.50, the unit for estimation is strangely missing, which has been defined as ‘catchment area’ in the master plan of the CMDA. CMDA has looked for complaints, recommendations, and portrayal from people over the proposal seeking to reclassify catchment area as a residential layout.

Red Hills and Puzhal are the significant water sources for the city, CMDA had proclaimed adjacent territories of the repository as ‘Red Hills Catchment Areas’ to shield them from urbanization. Vellanur goes under the radar of confined advancement.

Several concerns have been raised by people after the proposal of CMDA, since catchment areas are rainfall activity zones and they should be protected. Destroying them would lead us to a water-less future. Another 3.23 hectares of land at Mannivakkam near Tambaram, that has been declared as party-agricultural and partly-water body zone has also been sought for reclassification into residential areas.

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