There has been no urban local body polls in TN since 2016. But budget allocations by previous AIADMK government to Chennai Corporation, particularly for flood mitigation has had no impact

In water-logged areas in Chennai, residents paid from their own pockets to drain the water using pumps. If there were local body representatives, they could have ordered the government machinery to take up the works sans bribing the officials. Pic: PTI

The stormy arrival of the northeast monsoon which led to flooding in Chennai and disrupted normal life, has once again emphasised the crying need for urban local body representatives like municipal and corporation councillors and Mayors.

Established as a municipal institution in 1688, the Chennai Corporation, the second oldest corporation in the world, expanded into Greater Chennai Corporation in October 2011. It now has 15 zones and 200 wards. In principle, though the city hosts all the important government establishments including the secretariat, it comes under the control of the Mayor and the position is a much revered one.

Since its inception, the Corporation went into sleep mode thrice. The first time in September 1746, due to the French invasion of the then Madras. It was resumed only in 1753. Then in 1973, because of the ‘Muster Roll Scam’, in which the Corporation’s former Mayors, members and some higher officials allegedly looted lakhs of money by creating a bogus muster rolls of casual labour, the then DMK government…

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