Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act to be revamped. The new addition will include climate change and disaster risk and economic growth.
The act is to be renamed as the Tamil Nadu Regional and Urban Planning and Development Act, of 2023. The proposed act is prepared by Ahmedabad-based CEPT Research & Development Foundation.
Over the years, the state of Tamil Nadu has faced the fury of nature with an increased number of floods and cyclones.
In 2015, the capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, faced one of its worst floods in recent times. The devastating floods took the lives of over 400 people and had a huge impact on the economy of the state. The situation aggravated after water from Chembarambakkam lake was released, flooding Chennai.
Since then, the government has worked on improving urban planning by investing ₹5,000 crore in the stormwater project. The massive project which was carried out under the ‘Smart City’ mission was completed in 2020.
But the frequency of floods has increased over the years, and experts have connected it with a rapid rise in climate change. According to a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, it was observed that a rise in carbon emissions may lead to extreme rainfall in Chennai. It also said the area affected is likely to expand.
The results from the study pointed out the rise in the surface temperature and moisture content in the region. And its direct impact on the environment and the rise in rainfall.
The new amendments will put focus on climate change and disaster risks while planning out the township and urbanisation of the city. According to the proposed draft, the proposals for regional plans will have to be translated into actions and investments by multiple sectoral agencies, says a news report.
The Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act came into force in 1972. The aim was to ensure planned development and use of rural and urban land in the state.
Over the years, the act has undergone many changes, with the last amendment being made in the year 2022.