Chennai District


District Administration

The existing Chennai Revenue District spreads over an area of 178.20   Chennai City is one of the oldest Cities of India.  Chennai District encompasses the entire Chennai Corporation including 19 villages added in the year 1979 from out of the Chengalpattu District.  Click here to view the evolution of Chennai District.

Chennai District Administration is headed by the Collector with the team of officers as follows:

 1. District Revenue Officer
 2. Deputy Commissioner (Excise) in the cadre of District Revenue Officer
 3. District Revenue Officer( Stamps)
 4. Personal Assistant (General) to the Collector of Chennai

 5. Sub-Collector  Tondiarpet

 6. Revenue Divisional Officer  Egmore
 7. Additional Personal Assistant to the Collector of Chennai
 8. Personal Assistant (Accounts) to the Collector of Chennai

 9. Special Deputy Collector (Social Security Schemes)  

10. Special Deputy Collector(SSI)    

11. District Inspection Cell Officer.  

12. Manager TAHDCO in the cadre of Deputy Collector

13. District Adi Dravida & Tribal Welfare Officer

14. District Backward Classes & Minorities Welfare Officer
15. Assistant Director  (Survey and Land Records)

16. Personal Assistant(Legal) to the Collector of Chennai

                    The Collector is the District Magistrate. District Revenue Officer has been designated as Additional District Magistrate. The District consists of 10 Taluks. There are 2 Revenue Divisions(i.e. Egmore & Tondiarpet).  The RDO officers are also Revenue Divisional Magistrates.

I. The Jurisdiction of Sub-Collector Tondiarpet

    1.Tondiarpet Taluk

    2.Purasawalkam Taluk

    3.Perambur Taluk

    4.Ayanavaram Taluk

    5.Aminjikarai Taluk

II. The Jurisdiction of Revenue Divisional Officer Egmore

    1.Egmore Taluk

    2.Mambalam Taluk

    3.Guindy Taluk

    4.Mylapore Taluk

    5.Velachery Taluk

                              However, The Commissioner of Police is dealing with maintenance of Law and Order, The Cinematograph Act, and Explosives Act.  The Civil Supplies and essential commodities Act is dealt with by the respective Assistant Commissioners (Civil Supplies). They are under the control by the Commissioner of Civil Supplies. Therefore the Collector of Chennai has no role in this aspect.

                               Since the Commissioner Corporation of Chennai carries out the developmental activities of Chennai City, the Collector has no role in developmental activities as is being done in other districts. However, subjects like accommodation Control, TAHDCO are attached to the Collector.

   The subjects under District Administration are : 



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          The District Collector is  the Chairperson for the following Committees:

  • Moneagre Choultry

  • District Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Board

  • Sales Tax Advisory Committee

  • House Building Advance Committee

  • Hindu Kust Nivaran Sangh

  • Hospital Advisory Committee

  • District Co-ordination Committee on Vocational Guidance & Employment  Counselling meeting

  • Operation Polio Programme

  • Natioinal Youth Award - Selection.

  • Leprosy Eradication Committees.

  • Paymaster - Carnatic Stipend

  • District Child Labour Rehabilitation cum Welfare Society

  • Committee to examine fairness of submission made by Employment Exchange.


          The District Collector is the President for the following Societies:

  • Muslim Women Aids Society

  • Chennai District Red Cross Society


          The District Collector is a Member in the following:

1. The Voluntary Health Services

2. Legal Advisory Committee

3. Fishing Harbour Constitution Committee Governing Council of the Victoria Technical Institute 

4. Legal Aid Council

5. St. John Ambulance

6. Anti T.B. Association

7. Tamil Nadu Science & Technology (Planetarium)

8. Southern Railway Consultative Committee

9. Crimes Against Women- Advisory Committee

10. District Examination Committee ( formation of vigilance squad )


              As per the latest policy of the Government of Tamil Nadu no assignment is being given to any section of the society in Chennai city. The government in their order Ms.N0. 168 Revenue Department dt.27.3.2000 have ordered to assign the land encroached upon by the public for the purpose dwelling house, subject to the main condition that the type of encroachment should not be objected. In Chennai city, so far 24 free assignment pattas have been issued. This was one time scheme and ended by 31.3.2001.Government lands if any required by government departments/undertakings, are disposed of on alienation/transfer/lease.

            Considerable difficulties are being experienced in regularizing the encroachments which are unobjectionable due to this policy.   Moreover, eviction of encroachment prior to 30/06/84 could not be undertaken in view of the Supreme Court stay order to the effect that no encroachment could be removed without providing an alternative place for the encroachers. Ban on assignment of land for house-sites is also standing on the way for providing land to the needy Ex-serviceman.




The District Development Officer, TAHDCO is arranging loans through Banks for self-employment schemes to the Hindu Adi-Dravidars whose annual income is less than Rs.4,300/- with a maximum of 50% of the unit cost for each scheme. Apart from this stipends is being given for various training programmes on TRYSEM pattern.





There is a Special Deputy Collector (G.D.P) who is incharge of disposal of the G.D. Petitions, C.M. Cell Petitions & Petitions under Distress Relief Schemes. The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has awarded a shield to the Collector of Chennai during the recent Collector's Conference for this performance in the disposal of highest number of petitions in the state.




With regard to the Grievance Day Petitions the Instructions of the Government as per the latest Government order Ms.No.247, Revenue dated 17/02/88 are being implemented. Apart from this pensioner's grievances are also being received in the Collectorate (pertaining to all departments) and a settlement meeting is organised once in three months. This subject is dealt with Personal Assistant (Accounts) to the Collector.




There are 6 Hostels meant for College male students and one for the male students who are undergoing technical education.  There are two ladies Hostels for the High school Girl students and one for the college girl students. Iron box and kit bags are also being distributed to the Washerman and barbers. Further, scholarship to the students of school, college including technical and professional colleges are also issued.



Similarly for the development of the Adi-Dravidars there are 10 schools covering the entire Chennai city. Out of which one is a Higher Secondary School and another a High School. The rest are Primary Schools with an exception of one Middle School. There is also a Tribal Residential School located at Kodambakkam. There are 6 college hostels, one for the Technical students and 6 school hostels. Tools are supplied for various trade like tailoring, cobbler, carpenters etc. In all these hostels i.e for both Backward and Adi-Dravidar students, the facilities are thoroughly given, inadequate water supply is the main problem in all the Hostels. There are 11 Noon meal centres for the Adi-Dravidars. Maintenance of the building are also very poor, due to inadequate funds and some of them are located in the private rented building.




The Collector is the President of the Soldiers, Sailors and District Airmen's Board of Chennai District. There is one Deputy Director assisting the Collector who is looking after the welfare aspects of the Ex-servicemen. Under this Ex-gratia payment, employment opportunities, placements and starting of self-employment industrial Schemes under SEMFEX are some of the items of work that are being done for the Welfare of the Ex-servicemen.



            Flag Day Fund is being collected by the Collector from 7th December of every year. The target for the year 2013-2014  is Rs. 91,30,000/-.  Collection upto 31st December, 2014 is Rs. 25,73,482/-.





            Teacher's Day Fund is collected by the Teachers' Day Celebration Committee headed by the Collector. The target amount fixed for the year 2014 was Rs. 5,00,000/-.  The amount collected  by the Collector is Rs. 4,90,000/-




The Special Tahshildar, Enforcement  is looking after the granting of house-site pattas to the Burma and other refugees. Identity cards for Srilanka refugees in Chennai District had been issued to 3583 persons by this section upto 22/03/88. Business Loan and Housing Loan for Burma and Srilanka repatriates were also given.




Lands are being acquired for the Tamil Nadu Housing Board, City works, Mass Rapid Transit system (MRTS) and Chennai Metropolitan Development authority (C.M.D.A) by the respective Land Acquisition officers. To attend the residual work, one Assistant in 'J' Section has been assigned to the job.





The Collector of Chennai is also the Pay Master Carnatic Stipend where pension sanctioned by the Government of India are being disbursed as per the Government order Ms.2532, Public(Political-C) Department, dt. 25/10/52.




As regards Contingent Plan for anti disaster, the Commissioner, Corporation Chennai will prepare every year at the time of pre-monsoon period, that is, North East Monsoon in coordination with the Collector, Chennai. The Collector is concerned with grant of relief, Dhotis and Sarees, cash doles for damages to huts, human loss, etc. due to fire accident, natural calamity, etc. As of now, Rs.2000 is granted for fully damaged huts and Rs.1000 for partly damaged huts. For human loss Rs.50000 is granted as relief.




The existing Chennai Revenue District spreads over an area of 178.60  The entire area is covered by Corporation of Chennai. Chennai City is one of the oldest Cities of India.  The East India Company which acquired the rights of areas surrounding the Fort St. George in the year 1639 from the Nayak King formed the White Town and Black Town which is presently known as George Town (V.O.C. Nagar).  The company bought Triplicane from the Sultan of Golconda and Egmore, Purasawakkam, and Tondiarpet from the Emperor Aurangazeb in 1720.  From 1708 to 1749 the Company acquired Nungambakkam, Vepery, Periamet, Pudupet, Santhome and Mylapore.

Thus the "Madras Town" came into existence in the 18-th Century. After taking over the administrative control of Madras from the British Government appointed the Collector of Madras.  The lands in Madras that did not bear any survey numbers were first assigned with numbers as Collector’s certificate number during the 18-th Century.  The Old Madras City comprising 10 Villages were surveyed under Foot-Pound system between the years 1899-1906 by the Public Works department which were re-surveyed during late thirties.  In the year 1946,7 Estate villages having an extent of 27.08 Sq-Km and 22 Madras Extended Area (M.E.A.) villages (19 full and 3 part) with a total extent of 34.75 Sq.Km were transferred from the Chengelpet District and merged with the old Madras Province.  After the enactment of Estate Abolition Act in the year 1948,the Survey and Settlement operations were taken up in the 7 estate villages as ordered in G.O.Ms.2302(Rev.Dept.,)dated 1.9.1951 and records handed over to the respective Taluk Offices for maintenance.  With regard to 22 M.E.A. villages, the survey of above lands were taken up under town Survey System as ordered in Board of Revenue ref.No.4815/61 (L.R) dated 1.4.1961 and records handed over to the Taluk Offices in late 70's for maintenance.

In the then Madras Revenue District there were only two taluks namely North and South.  In G.O.Ms.3050 (Revenue Department) dt 24.12.64,additional 3 Taluks were sanctioned and 5 Taluks were formed namely North-West Taluk, North-East Taluk,Central Taluk, South-West Talukand South-East Taluk which were subsequently re-christened as Purasawakkam - Perambur taluk, Fort-Tondiarpet Taluk, Egmore-Nungambakkam Taluk, Mambalam-Guindy Taluk and Mylapore-Triplicane Taluk respectively. Due to urban agglomeration 19 more villages (16 full and 3 part) with an extentof 42.28Sq.Km were added to the City of Chennai in G.O.Ms.No.790(Revenue Department) dated 29.5.1978.The Survey of these villages under Town Survey system were taken up in the year 1988 pursuant to G.O.Ms.No.1177(C.T. and R.E. Department) dated 31.10.1987.After the Survey and Settlement operations, the records were handed over to the Assistant Director of Survey and Land Records,Chennai-1 for final scrutiny and preparation of fair accounts.  After the publication of Notification u/s 13 of the Survey and Boundaries Act-1923 the records shall be handed over to the respective Taluk Offices for maintenance.

Thus the villages of this District numbering 55 in all ,both original and added from the Chenglepet District from time to time have been grouped into four categories viz

There is a Great Trigonometrical Station (G.T. Station) in Vepery village of Fort-Tondiarpet Taluk  located on the terrace of Parry Building,  Rajai Salai, Chennai-1.