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Madurai Local Planning Authority - An Organisation

Introduction

Madurai is one among the seven largest cities in the State of Tamil Nadu. The geographical setting of Madurai city is unique with its location as Growth Pole in the Southern part of the State of Tamil Nadu. It is located at a distance of about 450 km south-west of Chennai, the Capital of the State of Tamil Nadu and is on 9° 55" 59'North Latitude, 78° 7" 0'East Longtitude. And it is 100 mts. above mean sea level.
The perennial river Vaigai passes through the city and the area spreads on both sides of the river.

The ancient city of Madurai has more than 2500 years old history as revealed by travelloques written by foreigners and by the old scripts and monuments that have been unearthed in and around the area. The city illustrates the excellance of ancient - scientific Indian Town Planning and Architecture. The core is built around the famous Shri Meenakshiamman Temple with square pattern of concentric roads, ramparts, moats etc.,The brief history of the city is as follows:

The city is known for its rich heritage, culture and historical background and is attracting thousands of pilgrims and visitors from other parts of India and abroad Lord Shiv himself is believed to have performed sixty-four wonders called "Thiruvilaiyadals"in Madurai and hence it is very much sacred to the shivites. Similarly for vaishnavites also the city is more important for the reasons of several Azhwars having lived and blessed the city.

Legend is that, Madurai was once called forest KADAMBAVANAM. Once a merchant named Dhananjaya who was passing through the forest, saw INDRAN - the king of Gods, worshipping a SWAYAMBHULINGAM under a kadamba tree in the forest. This was reported immediately to the king KULASHEKARA PANDYAN. Kulashekara cleared the forest and built a magnificent Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple around the sacred LINGAM and also built a lotus shaped city around the temple. On the naming ceremony of the city, Lord Shiva appeared magnificently to bless the city. The divine nectar (madhu) from the matted locks of Shiva fell on the blessed city. So, then the city was named "Madhurapuri". Madurai has reference in the great Indian epics - Ramayana, Mahabharat and also in Kautilya's Arthasastra.

As early as the 302BC, Megasthanes visited Madurai. Great travel-historians like Pliny (77AD) and Ptolemy (140AD) have made reference to Madurai in their travelogues. Marcopolo visited Madurai in 1293AD followed by Ibn Batuta in 1333AD. Later many people from Rome and Greece visited Madurai and established trade with the Pandya kings. Legend is also that the mighty Pandia's army participated in Krukshetra war in support of Pandavas of Mahabharata

During the 10th century AD, Madurai was captured by Chola kings. The Cholas ruled Madurai from 920 AD till the beginning of the 13th century. In 1223 AD Pandyas regained their kingdom and the city once again become prosperous under the Pandian regime. Pandian Kings patronised Tamil language in a great way. The Statue of Kannagi Installed by the GovernmentDuring their period, many master-pieces were created. " Silapathikaram ", the great epic in Tamil was written based on the story of Kannagi who burnt Madurai as a result of the injustice caused to her husband Kovalan. Priorly she herself arqued with the King Pandian Nedunchezhian, who sentenced Kovalan to death in connection with the missing of anklet(an ornament)belonging to the King"s wife Cheran Mahadevi and proved that the King was wrong Altimately, the King himself committed suicide for his misjudgement. Following this the Queen herself too committed suicide by falling from the throne. The episode stands testimony to the fact that in those periods even an ordinary women could cross examine a mighty king on his commissions and omissions in delevering justice to the people. And probabably Kannagi might be the first lady to have conducted a long marathon by walking from Poombuhar in earstwhile Thajavur District in the east to Madurai in south-west of the Tamil Nadu State, seeking justice. In commemoration, the state government have erected a statue for her in Chennai at Merina Beach

On April 1311, Malik Ghafoor, the general of Alauddin Khilji who was then the ruler of Delhi, reached Madurai and raided and robbed the city for precious stones, jewels, and other rare treasures. This led to the subsequent raids by other Muslim Sultans. In 1323AD, the Pandya kingdom including Madurai became a province of the Delhi empire, under the Tughlaks

In the year 1371AD, the Vijayanagar dynasty of Hampi captured Madurai and Madurai became part of the Vijayanagar empire. Nayaks were appointed by Vijayanagar Kings to govern the territories captured by them . This was done for the efficient management of their empire. The Nayaks paid fixed amount annually to the Vijayanagar empire. After the death of Krishna Deva Raya (King of Vijayanagar empire) in 1530 AD, the Nayaks became independent rulers of the territories under their control. Among Nayaks, Thirumalai Nayak (1623-1659) was very popular. He built many magnificent The famous Gandhi Museum in Madurai structures in and around Madurai. The Raja Gopuram of the Meenakshi Amman Temple, The Pudu Mandapam and The Thirumalai Nayakar's Palace are living monuments to his artistic fervor.

Later due to infighting between the cheiftans, Madurai started slipping easily into the hands of the British's East India Company. In 1781, British appointed their representatives to look after the administration of Madurai. George Procter was the first collector of Madurai.

Later, greatmen of this city like Mr.Vaithyanatha Iyer, Vy. Sankaran, Kakkanji, Sir P.T.Rajan participated in the Indian Freedom Struggle and uphold the high dignity and bravity of the city.

Sir P.T.Rajan of Madurai was a social activist and reformer. He was also one of the founding fathers of Justice Party of India, the party established to fight for the civil rights, liberty and equality of the downdraden and women. And he was one of the pioneers of Self Respect Movement instituted in the southern part of the Country.

Mahatma Gandhi has visited the city five times First Visit: In order to enrol volunteers for Satyagraha against the Rowlatt Act passed in 1919, Mahatma made his first visit to the Temple City on March 26, 1919. He stayed here till March 28 and stayed in the house of George Joseph that was located near the Albert Victor Bridge. Second Visit: Similarly, during his second visit, the Mahatma stayed as Karumuttu Thiagarajar Chettiar?s guest at his residence, 175 A West Masi Street. On September 21, 1921, Mahatma Gandhi, who was staying at the residence of Ramji and Kalyanji on 251 A West Masi Street, renounced his formal dress to identify himself with the common man. It is here that he started wearing only a loincloth after seeing the people ill-nourished and ill-dressed. Third Visit: The Raja of Sivaganga hosted Mahatma during his visit at his residence near Kalpalam. He stayed there for three days from September 28, 1927. Fourth Visit: His fourth visit was in 1934 to raise funds for khadi and spread the message of Swadeshi and again stayed on West Masi Street.

In the year 1937 a social cum religious revolution in the form of Temple Entry of Lower castes into the Famous Meenakshi Temple was carried out under the leadership of Shri Rajagopalachari then Cheif Minister of earswhile Madras Province who later became the first Governor General of India. The Gandhi Museum in Madurai

The Fifth and Last Visit of Mahatmaji: His last visit was in 1946 when he entered the Meenakshi Amman Temple. He stayed in a house on Krishna Rao Tank Street near Madura Coats. During his earlier visits, he refused to enter the temple until all classes of people were allowed to enter. His last visit was to worship Meenakshi after the temple was thrown open to Harijans.

Madurai city is also proud of the fact that the National poet Subramania Bharathi had worked as teacher in the Sethupathy School

Madurai Bench of Madras High CourtAfter Indian independence, Madurai emerged as one of the major districts of Tamilnadu State with several industries having been established here. Madurai T.V.Sundaram Iyankar took a lead in the automobile industry. M/s Fenner India Limited manufacurers of V-belts used in motor vehicles and M/s Madura Coats manufacturers of yarn thread also need mentioning for their contribution for industrial development in this surrounding.

Now the city of Madurai is abundant with activities in trade, commerce, industry, education, housing, transport, recreation and service. Unskilled labourers are aplenty. More over, the city has become Baro Meter for matters that are political and social change. Recently the Government have established the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court in the city.

Madurai is surrounded by several mountains. It is famous for Jasmine Flowers. Jasmine flowers cultivated in the district is exported to various other cities of India. Kodaikanal is the beautiful hill resort situated near Madurai. The city is surrounded by three small prominent hills which are called the Anaimalai, Pasumalai and Nagamalai named after their resemblance to an Elephant, a Cow and a Snake respectively. No wonder the city attracts tourists from all over the world and the city is active round the clock

Godess Shri Meenakshi in marriage with Lord SunderswararMadurai city which is aptly called the TEMPLE CITY is abundant with temples belonging to Shaivite and Vaishnavite faiths. And there are also several churches and mosques. Saints like Manickavasagar, Nammazhwar, Thirumangai Azhwar Kulasekara Alwar, Thondaradipodi Alwar and several other priests and godmen blessed the city in the past and these saints were patronised by mighty kings of Madurai. Further one will wonder to know that the much reverenced Thirumangai Alwar was a decoit in his early life but contributed all his booties to the Lord Kallagar of Thirumaliruncholai ( Azhagar Koil). And no wonder that Kulasekara Azhwar was a king himself and had composed songs in praise of Lord Vishnu ( Thivya Prabhandam)

The city is religiously very harmonious city. People following Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and such other faiths live in brotherhood admosphere. There is a particular ritual that is still in practice is that on the occations of Chithirai festival that is celebrated coinsiding with the celestial marriage of Shri Mennakshi-Sundereswarar during the month of May every year, Lord Kal Azhagar, the presiding deity of Azhagar malai and brother of Godess Shri Meenakshi, used to visit abode of saintly women who belonged to Islam. The place is known as Thulukkanachiar Temple.

Durgha at GoripalayamThe Goripalyam Mosque is said to have been established by the Great Tippu Sultan when his reign extended to Madurai. Hazrat Khaja Syed Sultan Allaudin Auliah who performed miracles in aid of downdroden and poor people is also to linked with this durgha. He was from Afghanistan who was blessed with spiritual powers and had taken world wide tour preaching Islam. He came to Madurai and stayed in Goripalayam for certain period. This was during 14th century. He healed serious and infectious disceases like leprosy and hence was popular among the people. The then Raja of Madurai, Ghoon Pandian donated 9 villages and grant of 14,000 gold coins towards improving this worship place after himself having been cured of his illness by the saint. Later, Raja Sundara Pandian helped erecting the huge dome weighing 400 tones at a height of 27 feet at the durgha, after coming to know about the saint and his efforts to build a durgha.
The Durga at the South Gate is a historically important place of worship and muslims reverently pay respect to Saint Mahaboo Rubhani. St.Mary's ChurchSimilarly the St.Mary's church which was established in the year 1841 has been an important land mark as well as a very holy place for the Christian community. Hence here is a time tested religious mixup that is great of Madurai.

Madurai is in the forefront in education and research as well. Madurai Kamaraj UniversityThe famous Madurai Kamaraj University with the world renounced Department of Biolgical Sciences and Research is also another pride of this city.

The style soaked in history and tradition reflects very much in the way of living of the people of Madurai. Urban planning and control has, hence, to be attuned to this typical situation.The city is a declared heritage town. While there is scope for vertical and spatial - physical developments in and around Madurai, there is also some restriction on height of building for certain specific distance around the core temple of Meenakshiamman as well other historical manuments. Further, vast area consisting of agricultural fields and plantations are being subjected to residential and other developments. Madurai local Planning Authority is to be vigilant and be in the exercise of its legimate responsibilities to plan, regulate and control such developments with the cooperation and coordination of local authorities coming under its jurisdiction. At the same time the authority has to be responsive to the history of the city and passions of its people. The Directorate of Town and Country Planning has also been aware to these aspects. It is hoped that the Master Plan that is available for the city is serving to the cause and the Local Planning Authority that has been constituted under the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act is functioning effectively.

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The Authority

Government of Tamil Nadu have notified Madurai Local Planning Area comprising Madurai Urban and its environ under section 10 of Town and Country Planning Act in G.O.Ms.No.832 Rural Development & Local Administration Department dated 29.3.1974. Government notified the revised planning area in G.O.Ms.No.611 Housing & Urban Development Department dated 7.5.1980 and in the G.O.Ms.No.503 Housing & Urban Development Department dated 27.6.1984.

The Government have also constituted Madurai Local Planning Authority under sub-section 4 of Section 11 of Town and Country Planning Act 1971.The Authority is chaired by District Collector and Members to the Authority are appointed as per the provisions of the Act.While the Madurai Local Planning Authority is functioning under the Administrative control of the Director of Town and Country Planning, Chennai, the Secretariat Department of Housing and Urban Development, St,George Fort, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is the administrative controller of the Authority.

The Madurai Local Planning Authority is constituted under the provisions of section 11(3) of Town and Country Planning Act with following officers appointed / nominated by the Government.

Chairman : The District Collector,Madurai

Members :

Thiru K.Nagarajan
Council Member Representing Ward 74, Madurai Corporation

Thirumathi R.Gandhimathy
Chairperson, Thiruparankundram Municipality.

Thiru R.K.Jayaraman
President, Paravai Town Panchayat

Thiru K.Chandrasekaran
President,Thirumangalam Panchayat Union.

Thiru P.Moorthy, MLA
Solavandan Assembly Constituency.

Thiru N.Jagadeesan
President, Tamilnadu Chamber of Commerce.

Thiru V.S.Sudammani

Thiru M.Mathimaran
Assistant Director of Town and Country Planning- MemberSecretary(I/c)

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Staff position

STAFF POSITION AS ON 31.10.2010
Sl. Designation Permanant Temporary
SanctionedFilled up Vacant SanctionedFilled up Vacant
1. Joint Director 101
2. Assistant Director 211
3. A.A/Planng.Asst. 110
4. Research Assistant 101
5. Supervisor/DII 330
6. DraughtsmanGr.III 431
7. Surveyor/Adman 413
8. Field Assistant 110 101
9. Superintendent 110
10. Assistant 312
11. Stenographer 110
12. Driver 101
13. Office Assistant 110

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Constituent towns and villages

The Local Planning Area is at present having a total extent of 726.34 sq.km sq.km with a population of 9,22,913. The constituent towns and villages with other details are:

Sl.No.Name of the Town/Town PanchayatArea in Hec/Sq.km.Population(2001)
I.MADURAI CORPORATION5190928869
II.MUNICIPALITIES  
1.Thirumangalam107043631
2.Thiruparankundram1020339048
3.Anaiyur80038310
4. Avaniapuram160053006
III. TOWN PANCHAYATS  
1. Thirunagar52015547
2. Harveypatti16808136
3.Paravai90016248
4.Sholavandan151021638
5. Vilangudi62021167

      IV. VILLAGES

 
Sl.No. Village Number Name of the Town/Village Concerned PanchayatArea in Hec/Sq.km.Population(2001)
 Old No.New No.    
I.   MADURAI NORTH TALUK   
1.5716ADHALAIAdhalai Panchayat224.91430
2.8846ARUMBANUR (BIT I & II)Arumbanur Panchayat565.11506
3.16753ALATHURAlathur Panchayat198.51488
4. 84 82 AYILANKUDI Ayilankudi Panchayat 294.0 1409
5. 98 104 ANDARKOTTAM Andarkottam Panchayat 192.8 2201
6. 164 38 ATHIKULAM Naganakulam Panchayat 63.5 7596
7. 59 31 BOOTHAKUDI Boothakudi Panchayat 268.7 1296
8. 65 54 CHETTIKULAM Chettikulam Panchayat 190.3 3775
9. 68 58 ERUKKALAINATHAM Usilampatty Panchayat 57.9 485
10. 206 107 ECHANERI Thindiyur Panchayat 62.26Nil
11. 97 92 VANDIYUR BIT-I HANUMARPATTI (VANDIYUR BIT-II)Vandiyur Panchayat 802.2 21977
12. 100 134 ILAMANUR Ilamanur 258.3 894
13. 200 93 ILANDHAIKULAM Uthankudi Panchayat 139.5 Nil
14. 170 49 ILUPPAIKKUDI Iraniyam Panchayat 87.4 557
15. 171 48 IRANIYAM Iraniyam Panchayat 196.5 1051
16. 181 42 KATHAKKINARU Kathakkinaru Panchayat 136.6 1401
17. 94 103 KALIKAPPAN (BIT I & II) Karuppayurani Panchayat 541.7 3734
18. 126 12 KALLIKKUDI Thodaneri Panchayat 300.8 472
19. 168 52 KANNIKUDI Alathur Panchayat 80.2 520
20. 211 136 KARUPPAPILLAYENDAL Andarkottam Panchayat 73.6 1123
21. 203 101 KATHAVANENDAL Andarkottaram Panchayat 57.7 208
22. 71 62 KAVANUR Kavanur Panchayat 131.9 1062
23. 157 29 KILAPANANGADI Pechikulam Panchayat 67.3 262
24. 125 11 KILANEDUNKULAM Ariyur Panchayat 135.6 373
25. 128 13 KOVILKURUNDHAN-KULAM Thodaneri Panchayat 17.2 145
26. 56 18 KOILPAPPAKUDI Koilpappakudi Panchayat 458.7 4253
27. 61 33 KULAMANGALAM (BIT I & II) Kulamangalam Panchayat 300.7 4614
28. 62 34 KARUVANUR Karuvanur Panchayat 248.1 1401
29. 173 43 K.PAPPANKULAM Kadhakinaru Panchayat 17.2 -
30. 64 55 KEELAPANDI Kodimangalam Panchayat 113.4 493
31. 66 56 KODIMANGALAM Kodimangalam Panchayat 117.7 802
32. 177 80 KOLLANKULAM Kuruthur Panchayat 70.6 378
33. 87 85 KODIKULAM (BIT 1 & II) Kodikulam Panchayat 798 3998
34. 210 135 KONDAPETTAN Andarkottaram Panchayat 48.4 189
35. 124 10 MOOLAKKURICHI Vayalur Panchayat 147.8 417
36. 158 28 MELAPPANANKUDI Pechikulam Panchayat 101.5 448
37. 63 60 MANDHIKULAM Karuvanur Panchayat 188.8 848
38. 169 51 MARANAVARIYENDAL Alathur Panchayat 118.0 702
39. 91 87 MANGALAKUDI Uthankudi Panchayat 145.6 934
40. 201/1   201/291MELAMADAI BIT-I       MELAMADAI BIT ?IIMelamadai Panchayat165.8 29098
41. 49 - MANAGIRI BIT II Managiri Panchayat 82.24 8368
42. 182 86 NARASINGAM BIT 1  (SENGUTTAM)  Arumbanur Panchayat  
   NARASINGAM BIT 2 (THETTANKULAM)   Pudupatti Panchayat  
   NARASINGAM BIT 3 (KADACHENENDAL)  Kadhakinaru Panchayat  
   NARASINGAM BIT 4 (NARASINGAM) Narasingam Panchayat579.64757
43. 165 39 PARASURAMPATTI Kannanendal Panchayat 154.211449
44. 123 9 PILLAYARNATHAM Vayalur Panchayat 86.1 427
45. 127 15 PATTAKURICHI Adhalai Panchayat 89.9 177
46. 58 17 PODUMBU (BIT 1 & II) Podumbu Panchayat 679.8 3686
47. 60 36 PECHIKULAM Pechikulam Panchayat 85.0 998
48. 90 44 PUDUPATTI Pudupatti Panchayat 236.9 2068
49. 172 50 POONARI Usilampatti Panchayat 49.73 Nil
50. 69 59 PARAIPATTI Periapatti Panchayat 133.9 334
51. 70 61 PERIAPATTI Periapatti Panchayat 98.2 708
52. 183 96 PODASAPATTI Podasapatty Panchayat 37.9 47
53. 202 102 POOLANKULAM Andarkottaram Panchayat 69.5 291
54. 205 106 PAPPAKUDI Andarkottaram Panchayat 108.6Nil
55. 166 40 PARAYATHIKULAM Kannanendal Panchayat 44.51807
56. 93 95 RAJAKAMBEERAM Othakkadai Panchayat 181.5 8500
57. 99 222 SAKKIMANGAL (BIT 1 & II) Sakkimangalam Panchayat 819.3 5508
58 4 2 SAMAYANALLUR Samayanallur Panchayat 341.9 2061
59. 122 8 SAMBAKKULAM Vayalur Panchayat 63.9 140
60. 180 45 SEMBIANENDAL Pudupatti Panchayat 123 -
61. 204 105 SEEGANKULAM Andarkottaram Panchayat 109.5 170
62.1217 SIRUVALAI   389.6 1090
   SIRUVALAI            SIRUVALAI (ARIYUR) SIRUVALAI (AMBALATHADI) SIRUVALAI (SELLAKAVUNDANPATTI)Siruvalaipanchayat100.2 416
63. 2 1 THENUR (BIT 1 & II) Thenur Panchayat 764.8 6019
64. 3 3 THODANERI (BIT 1 & 11) Thodaneri Panchayat 467.4 1600
65. 163 37 THIRUPPALAI BIT I  THIRUPPALAI BIT II  THIRUPPALAI BIT III  THIRUPPALAI BIT IV Thiruppalai Panchayat      Siridur Panchayat  Kannanendal Panchayat  Naganakulam Panchayat 846.5 9453
66. 89 47 THUYANERI Arumbanur Panchayat 77.8 831
67. 72 63 THERKUPETHAMPATTI Kavanur Panchayat 193.3 606
68. 86 83 THAMARAIPATTI (BIT I & II) Thamaraipatti Panchayat 651.0 2218
69. 95 97 THIRUMOGUR Thirumogur Panchayat 245.0 2404
70. 96 98 THINDIYUR Thindiyur Panchayat 189.3 397
71. 197 99 THADANKULAM Thindiyur Panchayat 47.6 719
72. 67 57 USILAMPATTI Usilampatti Panchayat 97.0 653
73. 92 88 UTHANGUDI Uthankudi Panchayat 397.4 3221
74. 199 94 ULAGANERI Uthankudi Panchayat 134.2 1364
75. 119 4 VAIRAVANATHAM Vairavanatham Panchayat 334.6 438
76. 120 5 VITTANKULAM Vairavanatham Panchayat 67.2 1061
77. 134 6 VAYAKLUR Vayalur Panchayat 153.1 1108
78. 159 27 VAGAIKULAM Vagaikulam Panchayat 76.1 1437
79. 160 30 VEPPANKULAM Pechikulam Panchayat 82.6 428
80. 161 32 VADUGAPATTI Kulamangalam Panchayat 213.2 377
81. 162 35 VEERAPANDI (BIT I & II) Verapandi Panchayat 379.9 1511
82. 179 81 VELLIANKUNDRAM BIT I (ANDAMAN) Velliankundram Panchayat 241.4 465
      VELLIANKUNDRAM BIT II (APPANTHIRUPATHI) Velliankundram Panchayat 151.0 856
      VALLIANKUNDRAM BIT III (VELLIANKUNDRAM) Velliankundram Panchayat 296.1 1835
      VELLIANKUNRAM BIT IV (MATHUR) Mathur Panchayat 359.7 1479
      VELLIANKUNDRAM BIT V (PORASUPATTI) Porusupatti Panchayat 98.5 1487
      VELLIANKUNDRAM BIT VI (CHETTIKULAM) Porusupatti Panchayat 244.1 333
      VELLIANKUNDRAM BIT VII (PULLUCHERI) Mathur Panchayat 81.3 408
83. 198 100 VEERAPANCHAN Thindiyur Panchayat 151.1 391
   II.MADURAI SOUTH TALUK    
84. 18 6 ACHAMPATHU Achampathu Panchayat 84.7 1322
85. 46 29 ANUPPANADI Chinna Anuppanadi Panchayat 400.0 3476
86. 41 37 CHINTHAMANI Chinthamani Panchayat 299.2 3833
87. 149 39 CHETTIKULAM Samanatham Panchayat 93.7 237
88. 36 67 CHOLANKURUNI Cholankuruni Panchayat 737.3 2593
89. 31 65 ELIAYARPATTI Eliyarpatti Panchayat 351.8 1418
90. 17 11 ERKUDIAchampathu Panchayat 98.3 904
91. 153 31 IRAVATHANALLUR Iravathanallur Panchayat 175.2 4966
92. 01 01 KODIMANGALAM               KODIMANGALAM RFKodimangalam Panchayat   Kodimangalam Panchayat 600.4 2702
93. 07 04 KILAMATHIKATTINAN Melamathur Panchayat 116.8 112
94. 129 03 KILAMATHUR Kilamathur Panchayat 235.5 1622
95. 218 18 K.PUDUPATTI Thoppur Panchayat 227.3 Nil
96. 45 35 KALLAMBAL Panayur Panchayat 67.2 748
97. 147 44 KOODALSENKULAM Kusavankundu Panchayat 115.7 63
98. 145 45 KUSAVANKUNDU Kusavankundu Panchayat 211.3 367
99. 37 46 KUDHIRAIKUTHI Kusavankundu Panchayat 135.0 554
100. 221 60 KOMBADI Kombadi Panchayat 238.3 1102
101. 35 68 KUSAVAPATTI Viradhanur Panchayat 310.3 412
102. 9 14 KARADIPATTI Karadipatti Panchayat 445.1 4491
103. 131 23 KILAKUILKUDI Kilakuilkudi Panchayat 246.1 2943
104. 8 2 MELAMATHUR Melamathur Panchayat 393.3 1337
105. 140 55 MULLAKULAM Perunkudi Panchayat 16.5 75
106. 130 22 MELAKUILKUDI Melakuilkudi Panchayat 330.1 1324
107. 26/1  26/2 54 NILAIYUR BIT I   NILAIYUR BIT II Nilayur Panchayat 1735.1 12438
108. 152 62 NEDUMADURAI Nedumadurai Panchayat 515.1 1965
109. 32 66 NALLUR Nallur Panchayat 1258.5 1535
110. 220 59 OTHAI ALANKULAM Othai Alankulam Panchayat 256.4 1194
111. 15/1   15/2   15/326/1   26/2   26/3PUDUKULAM BIT -1   PUDUKULAM BIT ?II   PUDUKULAM BIT ?III Pudukulam Panchayat   Pudukulam Panchayat   Pudukulam Panchayat206.7 1359
112. 224 30 PIRAKUDI Viraganur Panchayat 67.5 693
113. 44 33 S.PULIANKULAM Puliankulam Panchayat 183.7 3130
114. 42 36 PANAIYUR Panaiyur Panchyat 291.6 2617
115. 148 40 PERUMALENDAL Samanatham Panchayat 66.0 3420
116. 38 48 PAPPANODAI Samanatham Panchayat 134.3 761
117. 139 51 PERUNKUDI Perunkudi Panchayat 973.8 6134
118. 219 58 PERIYA ALANKULAM Periya Alankulam Panchayat 323.6 1950
119. 223 47 RAMANKULAM Kusavankundu Panchayat 183.4 302
120. 43 34 SILAIMAN Silaiman Panchayat 275.34 5250
121. 150 38 SAMANATHAM Samathanatham Panchayat 401.5 1929
122. 28 57 SURAKKULAM Surakkulam Panchayat 72.5 480
123. 16 12 SAMBAKKUDI Sambakkudi Panchayat 126.4 315
124. 133 21 THANAKKANKULAM Thanakkankulam Panchayat 499.5 9748
125. 135 19 THOPPUR Thoppur Panchayat 336.3 2830
126. 222 61 THOTTIYAPATTI Periya Alankulam Panchayat 293.6 440
127. 6 5 THUVARIMAN Thuvariman Panchayat 490.9 4058
128. 132 24 THATHANUR Thathanur Panchayat 124.7 129
129. 25Pt 53 Pt THIRUPARAKUNDRAM PART Thiyagaraja Colony Panchayat 11.93 236
130. 151 32 VIRAGANUR Viraganur Panchayat 297.4 5284
131. 146 49 VALAYANKULAM Valayankulam Panchayat 609.0 4328
132. 141 50 VALAYAPATTI Valayapatti Panchayat 296.2 1470
133. 27 56 VALENANDHAL Surakulam Panchayat 220.0 630
134.34 69 VIRADHANUR Viradhanur Panchayat 851.1 1099
135. 12 20 VEDARPULIANKULAM Vedarpuliankulam Panchayat 533.3 2394
136.13/113/1 13/2VILACHERI ?BIT-I              VILACHERI ?BIT ?II Nagamalai Pudukottai Panchayat        Vilacherri Panchayat 844.1 11867
137. 14 25 VADIVELKARAI Vadivelkarai Panchayat 203.3 2001
   THIRUMANGALAM TALUK    
138. 212 5 CHETTIKULAM Karadikkal Panchayat 212.4 783
139. 214 8 CHOKKANATHAMPATTI Kappalur Panchayat 151.3 697
140. 65 11 DHARUMATHUPATTI Uchapatti Panchayat 220.3 1261
141. 63 12 KUDHIRAI SANIKULAM Urappanur Panchayat 27.3 187
142. 66 10 KAPPALUR Kappalur Panchayat 388.4 3087
143. 216 94 MARAVANKULAM PART Maravankulam Panchayat 350.3 2268
144. 213 7 PALAKKA PUDUPATTI Uchapatti Panchayat 91.0 1402
145. 67 9 S.PULIANKULAM Virusankulam Panchayat 263.9 637
146. 64 6 UCHAPATTI Uchapatti Panchayat 705.2 2792
147. 62 13 URAPPANUR BIT-I           URAPPANUR BIT -II Urappanur Panchyat 1702.9 4429
148. 72 93 VADAGARAI (PART) Vadagarai Panchayat 866.0 3378
149. 217 95 VIDATHIKULAM Keelakottai Panchayat 572.1 722
150. 68 96 VIRUSANKULAM Virusankulam Panchayat 357.7 576
   VADIPATTI TALUK    
151. 42 18 AYANTHENKARAI Thenkarai Panchayat 832.0 3868
152. 85 48 ILAVANKULAM Alanganallur Panchayat 83.07 450
153. 49 8 KATTAKULAM Kattakulam Panchayat 526.9 1716
154. 43 20 KACHIRAYIRUPPU Melakkal Panchayat 101.3 941
155. 79 44 KALLANAI Kallanai Panchayat 625.9 6782
156. 80 45 KUMARAM Kottaimedu Panchayat 134.3 443
157. 44 19 MELAKKAL Melakkal Panchayat 714.5 4488
158. 81 46 MANIANJI Manianji Panchayat 54.5 1034
159. 113 29 NAGARI Thiruvalayanallur Panchayat 137.0 792
160. 50 27 NEDUNGULAM Nedungulam Panchayat 246.0 954
161. 90 43 PARALI Kottaimedu Panchayat 124.0 Nil
162. 115 31 SITHALANGUDI Sithanlangudi Panchayat 534.2 1644
163. 116 34 SAMBAKKULAM Kondayampatti Panchayat 206.1 433
164. 45 25 THIRUVEDAGAM Thiruvedagam Panchayat 373.7 2994
165. 111 26 THIRUMAL NATHAM Thiruvedagam Panchayat 162.0 573
166. 112 28 THIRUVALAYANALLUR Thiruvalayanallur Panchayat 173.0 645
167. 114 30 THATTANKULAM Mattapparai Panchayat 57.3Nil
168. 116 32 THANICHIAM Thanichiam 1097.4 2983
169. 82 47 THANDALAI Thandalai Panchayat 288.5 1228
   CELLAMPATTI TALUK    
170. 10 8 PANNIAN Pannian Panchayat 512.5 2509
   SIVAGANGAI DISTRICT    
   MANAMADURAI TALUK    
171. 108 1 KALUVANKULAM Pottapalayam Panchayat 635.8 -
172. 107 2 KARISALKULAM Pottapalayam Panchayat 591.4 -
173. 107 3 POTTAPALAYAM Pottapalayam Panchayat 419.2 2536
174. 109 14 KANJIRANKULAM Kanjirankulam Panchayat 371.9 2661
175. 102 7 KEELADI Puliyur Panchayat 404.1 4448
176. 105 4 KONDHAGAI Puliyur Panchayat 1371.2 3928
177. 104 5 SAYANAPURAM Puliyur Panchayat 201.4 1510
178. 103 6 SOTTATHATTI Puliyur Panchayat 735.95 -
   VIRUDHUNAGAR DISTRICT    
   KARIAPATTI TALUK    
179. 1 1 MANGULAM Mangulam Panchayat 784.65 1438

Note :
ECHANERI, ILANTHIKULAM, K.PAPPANKULAM, PAPPAKUDI, POONARI, K.PUDUPATTI,PARALI, THATTANKULAM are uninhabited Village.
Thiruparankundram part included in Harveypatti, Tirunagara town panchayats and Thiruparankundram Municipality.
Maravankulam part and Vadagarai part are included in Thirumangalam Municipality.


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LPA FUND

As per section 65 of the Town and Country Planning Act the Planning authorities have to maintain a separate Fund called " the Planning and Development Fund Account" otherwise called the "Fund Account"

This fund is initially established with the grants, advances or loans obtained from the Government or from the State Town and Country Planning and Development Fund

The regular source of moneys to the fund is
(i)the 1% contribution ( one percentum of general income of the local body coming under the jurisdiction of planning authority) and
(ii)development charges collected towards issuing planning permission

The moneys from the Fund are to be utilized as per stipulation made in section 67 of the Act.
The moneys from the Fund could be used to:
(a) the expenditure incurred in the administration of the Act
(b) the cost of acqusition of land for purposes of development
(c) the expenditure for any development or works contemplated in any development plan
(d) the expenditure for such other purposes as may be required by the planning authority
(e) the expenditure for such other purposes as the Government may direct

The fund should be utilised for the execution of any development plan or for any purpose incidental to the making or execution of any such development plan

For incurring said expenditures the planning authority should prepare the annual budget and get it approved by the Director.

Audit and Account Rules are prescribed. Audit is done by the Local Fund Audit Department. And as per section 70 of the Act, planning authority has to prepare annual report every year and submit to the Director.

As on 17/12/2010, about 7,32,44,190 rupees are available in the Account. These moneys are deposited in the Nationalized Banks and details of deposit is as follows:

FUND POSITION AS ON 17.12.2010
Sl. Name of the Bank Amount DepositedType of DepositDate of Majurity
1. Indian Bank, Madurai Main 25,00,000Fixed26.05.2013
2. Andra Bank, Madurai 55,00,000Fixed26.09.2012
3. Union Bank of India, Madurai Main20,00,000Fixed18.08.2013
4. State Bank of India, Vinayaganagar Branch 1,00,16,438Fixed04.03.2012
5. Indian Bank,Madurai Main50,00,000Fixed15.08.2013
6. Indian Bank,Madurai Main35,00,000Fixed09.09.2013
7. Indian Bank,Madurai Main35,00,000Fixed13.09.2013
8. Indian Overseas Bank, Chokkikulam60,00,000Fixed11.08.2013
9. State Bank of India, Vinayaganagar, Madurai34,17,559Fixed17.12.2010
10. Indian Overseas Bank, Main 3,00,00,000Fixed22.05.2012
11. State Bank of India, Vinayaganagar, Madurai18,11,093SAVINGS BANK 

Collection of moneys for the last five years
Year    Scrutiny Fees Development Charges1% From LBs Publication ChargesSale of MapsTotal
1.4.2005 to 31.03.2006 22,76045,80,6192,31,56532,500150048,68,944
1.4.2006 to 31.03.2007 14,18537,20,53450,39015,00050038,00,609
1.4.2007 to 31.03.2008 13,86589,61,1217,92,2114,645500097,76,842
1.4.2008 to 31.03.2009 17,80054,26,7072,81,87922,029-57,48,415
1.4.2009 to 31.03.2010 16,65052,96,3361,21,98620,366250054,57,240
TOTAL 84,6602,79,85,31714,78,03394,54095002,96,52,050

The collection of 1% from local bodies is a challenging job as the local bodies are apathetic towards the collection. Serious efforts to convince the local bodies and collect the dues are being taken.

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THE ISSUES

The City is surrounded by Tanks,Eris and Kanmais irrigating several hectares of Agricultural Lands adjujant to the city. Beautiful hills like Sikandar hills, Pasumalai, Nagamalai, Anaimalai etc.,. The distant ranges of Sirumalai, Karandamalai, Alagarmalai and Ailur hills provide a panoramic landscape to the City.

The city is strategically located at the junction of National Highways No.7, 45B and 49 etc., Despite the constrains witnessed in the form of River, Hillocks, ponds and lakes, housing, industrial, educational and other infrastructure developments are taking places almost all over the city.Trade, tourism and pilgrimage have been driving forces for such developments. There is always a heavy inflow / outflow of floating population. The city surrounded by elegant natural plantations. Technical institutes and textile mills are in good numbers. More specifically, development is taking place on the corridors leading to Tirunelveli, Theni, Dindigul, Alanganallur, Natham, Alagarkoil, Trichirappalli, Sivagangai, Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin. The developments should be in confirmity with the laid out norms and regulations and at the same time the general mood and passion of the public of this reverent city to be kept at balance


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Cooperation solicited from civic bodies and public

The planning area being so vast, the issues of developments are aplenty. The city is experiencing multi pronged development despite some physical constrains that were described above.. And the development of the city in synchronize with its history, religious and historical connections. The people are proud of thier heritage liniency so that they would prefer developments reflect their innate passions for the city.There is land scarce in the core area and consecuently there is escalation in the land prices.Taking advantage of this trend, lot of unauthorised developments are coming up in the area around the core town.

The Master Plan approved for the planning area is to be implemented in its letter and spirit. Whereas the administration and enforcement is entrusted with only a skeleton staff at the Office of the Local Planning Authority which is not commensurate to the pace of development taking place in and around the city of Madurai. Regulating this vast area could be possible only with the support of general public. The Madurai Local Planning Authority has ventured into face the issues in right earnest and good perspectives. The public support is nonetheless more important.

Presently the office of the Maduari Local Planning Authority is located in the following address:

Office of The Member_Secretary,
Madurai Local Planning Authority,
Aignar Anna Maligai, III Floor,
Madurai Corporation Building,
Tallakulam,
Madurai -625002
Phone No. 0452 2530544 
e_Mail : mlpa_ctcp AT yahoo.in


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