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TN gets 5 new districts, southern suburbs of Chennai go under Chengalpattu

Months after announcing that new districts would be created, the Tamil Nadu government has now redrawn revenue boundaries of new districts and created districts of Tenkasi, Tirupathur, Ranipet, Chengalpet and Kallakurichi.

In the process, the erstwhile Tirunelveli, Vellore, Kancheepuram and Villupuram districts were either bifurcated or trifurcated. The Kancheepuram district will comprise of Uthiramerur, Sriperumbudur, Walajabad and Kundrathur Taluks. Kanchipuram and Sriperumbudur will act as the revenue divisions.

The newly formed Chengalpattu district will have three revenue divisions as Chengalpattu, Madhuranthagam and Tambaram. The new district will comprise of Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Pallavaram, Vandalur, Madhuranthagam, Cheyyur, Thirukazhukundram and Thiruporur taluks.

The government order said, “Delimitation of territorial wards of village panchayats, panchayat unions and district panchayats has been notified under the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994, and thereby delimitation exercise for local body polls has been completed.”

While the state said a high-level team led by commissioner of revenue administration held discussions with stakeholders before finalising the boundaries, certain sections allege political considerations.

The GO recalled Chief Minister K Palaniswami announcing in the state Assembly in June that Tirunelveli and Kancheepuram will be bifurcated to create Tenkasi and Chengalpattu districts, respectively, following representations from elected representatives and the public.

Palaniswami had announced trifurcation of Vellore district in his Independence Day address this year. The government had earlier this year announced the formation of Kallakurichi district by carving it out from Villupuram. With this, Tamil Nadu is set to have 37 districts.