Land Use

Core Functions

The division collaborates effectively with the sectoral departments of Environment, Climate Change and Forests, Municipal administration and Water Supply & Housing & Urban Development, The division organizes meetings, workshops and studies on the current issues and challenges in these sectors and provides recommendations to the Government.

Sectoral Discussions

The Vertical organizes regular engagements with officials from sectoral departments. These sessions aim to synchronize stakeholders on the progress of State or Central government schemes, exchange departmental best practices, pinpoint sectoral challenges, and chart a strategic course ahead. SPC provides valuable insights and advocates for optimal practices, and these recommendations are then presented to the Government for thoughtful consideration.

Research & Knowledge Sharing

The Vertical undertakes internal research studies and collaborates with research institutes and academia to conduct assessments. They organize workshops, bringing together key stakeholders and experts, with a primary focus on analyzing emerging issues in land use, land resources, and land degradation. The overarching goal is to evaluate the impact of various policies and developmental programs in these domains.

Sectoral Departments

This Vertical coordinates with the following sectoral departments and their line departments:

Environment, Climate Change and Forests Department
  • Forests Department
  • Environment Department
  • Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board
  • TN Forest Plantation Corporation Limited
  • Arasu Rubber Corporation Limited
  • TN Bio-diversity Conservation & Greening Project
Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department
  • Commissioner of Municipal Administration
  • Director of Town Panchayat
  • Greater Chennai Corporation
  • Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board
  • Tamil nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD)
  • Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company Ltd.
  • Urban Finance and Infra. Dev. Corpn. Ltd. (TUFIDCO)
  • TN Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Ltd (TNUIFSL)
  • Chennai River Restoration Trust (CRRT)
  • New Tirupur Area Dev. Corpn. Ltd.
Housing and Urban Development Department
  • Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA)
  • Town & Country Planning
  • Tamil Nadu Housing Board
  • Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board
  • Registrar of Co-op Societies (Housing)
  • Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (CUMTA)
Tamilnadu State Land Use Research Board (TNSLURB)

TNSLURB was constituted in 2011 as a permanent body in the State Planning Commission to take up activities for the conservation of land and water resources and their sustained use to the best possible advantage of the people in the State. 

Over the past 13 years, TNSLURB has conducted more than 80 research studies and facilitated 15 workshops and seminars on diverse themes related to land use. The results of these research initiatives have been meticulously documented and translated into policy recommendations. These findings have proven instrumental in guiding various government departments, assisting them in formulating schemes and programs to assess and enhance outcomes based on the research insights. TNSLURB link for further details

Assessments & Studies

Status of Forests in Tamil Nadu

The study signifies the changes in forest cover at the district level. The Forest and tree cover of TN is now about 30,843.23 sq. km which constitutes 23.71 % of the total geographical area. The State is taking up all efforts to reach its objective of 33 % of green cover before 2030. Read More

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Ongoing Works
Socio-economic assessment and Environmental Vulnerability of Coastal Communities in TN

The study aims to identify the socio‑economic vulnerability of the coastal communities, particularly, the fisher community and the environmental vulnerability in the 14 coastal districts. Field surveys and Focus Group Discussions have been completed in all coastal districts.  Vulnerability of Coastal Communities is being carried out by the Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management (CCCDM) and the draft report is submitted to the State Planning Commission (SPC).

Analysis of the effect of Climate change on the Land Use Land Cover in Tamilnadu

The study examines how changes in Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) have affected local climate change in Tamil Nadu over the course of four decades, from 1981 to 2021. The following data are gathered for this study: satellite images, rainfall data, land surface temperature, sea Level rise and population data. This study will determine the increase of urban sprawl, deforestation, and climate change based on LULC changes.

Influence of Land Use on Sustainable Development Goals – An analysis with respect to Tamil Nadu

Land use plays an essential role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This study analyzes the indicators related to land use targets of 11 out of 17 sustainable Development Goals and towards its targets spread across SDG 1, 2 ,6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. Furthermore, 126 indicators out of 164 are linked to land use management and classified under the themes Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Water, Housing, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries, Disaster, Infrastructure, Tourism and Natural Resources.Read More

Framework for Nature Based Solutions for enhancing Urban Resilience in Tamil Nadu

The aim of the project is to develop a Framework for mainstreaming Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for urban resilience in tier 2 cities in Tamil Nadu.

The main objectives are  to identify the opportunities and challenges for integrating NbS at various governance scales i.e urban local bodies (ULBs); to study best practices, their applicability and contextualization towards specific identified opportunities and challenges; Read More

Identifying Urban Heat Island Hotspots and mitigation strategies to reduce the UHIE impact in Tamil Nadu

The recent trend shows that the number of persons living in urban areas will continue to grow faster than the population in rural areas due to migration and increasing urbanization. Furthermore, due to fast urbanization, cities will be impacted by UHIE.

The objective of the study is to carry out the surface-level Urban Heat Island, with the primary goal being to map the current hotspots around Tamil Nadu. This will allow for the preparation of an appropriate Urban Heat Island Effect mitigation plan.

This study is done in collaboration with UNEP and CEPT University.[/read]

Collaborative Initiatives/Action Plan for the State
Tamil Nadu Heat Mitigation Strategy

Mitigation of Heat is linked with economic growth and is recognised as key to the health, wellbeing, and productivity of people in hot climates.  India is a growing economy characterized by low penetration of air-conditioning, rising per capita income, rapid urbanization and a largely tropical climate all of which would lead to a rise in the requirement for cooling, which in turn increases the heat. Addressing the rising heat is both a challenge as well as a unique opportunity, necessitating synergies in policies and actions to mitigate the heat across sectors.

The strategies have been developed under the guidance of the State Planning Commission by involving the State Departments, research institutions, civil society organizations and institutions of national and international expertise.

This study is funded by Deputy British High Commission and engaged World Resource Institute (WRI) as a knowledge partner. The final report was submitted to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Skill share on Low Emission Zone

The First consultation meeting was held at SPC on UK PACT Skill share project in collaboration with Deputy British High Commission and CENEX, UK. The stakeholder departments took participation in the meeting. CENEX made the presentation on the objectives and the key activities of the project.
A consultative & Skill Share Workshop on Low Emission Zoning was held on 09.10.2023 at 3:00 PM at Hotel Taj Connemara, Chennai, which was presided by the Vice Chairman, State Planning Commission. Mr. Oliver Ballhatchet British Deputy High Commissioner delivered the key activities of the UK PACT programme. A power point presentation was made by Mr. Steve Carroll, Head of Transport, CENEX on LEZ guidance and roadmap for its implementation in Chennai. A toolkit for Low Emission Zoning in Chennai has been crafted with the support of UK PACT programme by CENEX and the report was submitted to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Toolkit for Open and Sustainable City Planning and Analysis –TOSCA

GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation), an organization funded by the German government has provided the TOSCA tool to the State Land Use Research Board. This tool is designed to facilitate research for urban planning and analysis. TOSCO helps to assist in software applications, guidelines, data sets, and methodologies to assist city planners, policymakers, and stakeholders in making informed decisions for sustainable urban development.

Special Area Development Programme (SADP)
Special Area Development Programme (SADP) from the year 2015-2021

The Special Area Development Programme (SADP) in Tamil Nadu was launched in 2015-2016, succeeding the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) and Western Ghats Development Programme (WGDP). It focused on integrating activities in hilly areas of the State. SADP Unit-I covered The Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Erode, while Unit-II covered Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, and Kanyakumari. In 2021, Units I and II were merged, with headquarters in Udhagamandalam. The program aimed to address the interaction between water, production landscapes, human livelihood, ecosystem services, and water biodiversity in these hilly regions. The annual outlay of  Rs. 75.00 crore is allotted for this programme.