Administration in Chennai

One of the oldest cities of India, Chennai, is run by Corporation of Chennai. Established on September 29, 1688, the second oldest corporation in the world comprises of 155 councilors, representing 155 wards and is headed by the Mayor. Both the councilors and Mayor are elected by the residents.

The civic body, Chennai Municipal Corporation (officially known as Corporation of Chennai) governs the Chennai city. 

Responsibilities of Chennai Corporation

Corporation looks after many things and is responsible for providing many facilities to the city such as:

  • Administration in ChennaiTo maintain streetlights, roads and flyovers across the city.

  • To look after the cleanliness and hygiene factor of the city.

  • It is responsible to look after public parks, gardens and open green spaces.

  • To open schools in the city for the education of children.

  • To maintain dispensaries, malaria clinics, tuberculosis microscopic centres, and centre each for communicable diseases. It also looks after NGO-run malaria clinic, filaria clinic, and filaria lymphodema management clinic.

  • To maintain slaughterhouses in Perambur, Villivakkam, and Saidapet.

  • It is also responsible for waste management in the city.


The state executive and legislative headquarters are in the capital of Tamil Nadu state. The Madras High Court is the highest judicial authority in the state and in the city. 

Mayor of Chennai
Corporation of Chennai,
Ripon Building,
Chennai - 600003
Phone: 044-25619300 /044-25384438
Email: mayor@chennaicorporation.gov.in
Website: http://www.chennaicorporation.gov.in

Jurisdiction of Chennai Corporation

The jurisdiction of the corporation is divided into three regions - North, Central and South. These regions are further divided into 15 zones, covering 200 wards. Every region has five zones under them.

North Chennai

  1. Tiruvottiyur
  2. Manali
  3. Madhavaram
  4. Tondiarpet
  5. Royapuram

Central Chennai

  1. Thiru. Vi. Ka. Nagar
  2. Ambattur
  3. Annanagar
  4. Teynampet
  5. Kodambakkam

South Chennai

  1. Valasaravakkam
  2. Alandur
  3. Adyar
  4. Perungudi
  5. Sholinganallur


About 18 members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) are elected to the state legislature. The highest judicial authority in the state and in the city is of the Madras High Court.

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority

Chennai Metropolitan Development AuthorityThe agency that works for the planning and development of Chennai Metropolitan Area is known as CMDA (Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority). Chennai districts, parts of Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts fall under this Chennai Metropolitan Area. Town municipalities and Town councils, which are known as panchayats, govern the large and small suburbs respectively.

Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewage Board

Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewage Board are responsible for city’s water supply and sewage treatment. And the law and order of the city is taken care by the Greater Chennai Police which has 121 police station and is headed by commissioner of police. The Tamil Nadu Home Ministry has the administrative power since Chennai police is the division of the Tamil Nadu Police.

The traffic of the capital city of Tamil Nadu is managed by the Chennai City Traffic Police (CCTP).  As of 2011, North Chennai zone had 30 police stations and 3 police out posts, Central Chennai zone had 28 police stations and 3 police out posts, and South Chennai zone had 30 police stations.


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    Death certificate 28 9 2010 of Mr narendra prakash goel s o latemr bhagwandass goel from Address Shanthi appartmen's flat no 3 first floor j.j. road mylapore chenai 600004 91 Days ago

    English death

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    Veda udaya suriyan from Triplicane, chennai. 600 005. 595 Days ago

    I am resding at Habibullah cross st,triplicane.In this street(no.1,habibullah cross st&habibulah st corner bulliding owner is use publc road sector & put borwell at the center of the road(Habibullah cross st, triplicane.) So pls, take nessury action immdiatly and save the road for publc use.I will send this complint to the commisoner of chenni corp.Thanking you.YoursSins Veda.udaya suriyan.

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    Nikhil Upaydhyay from Chennai 1476 Days ago

    All the administrative works are done in very systematic and it has been made possible because of organized administration system.

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