“An IAS officer will be appointed to head the Corporation and tax collection will improve. Facilities such as underground drainage and cables, will come up. The infrastructure works will proceed faster, as manpower will increase,” said the MLA. Raja, who has been the Tambaram Municipal Chairman in 1996 and 2001, pointed out that smaller municipalities struggle to provide services due to funds crunch. Speaking of his experience, he added, “The concept of development started only after 1996. But there is a lot to be done – removing encroachments, providing basic amenities, improving infrastructure, etc. In many cases, the municipality cannot act autonomously. The move from a municipality to a corporation will mean more control, as the urban local body is directly monitored by the government and can take independent decisions.” Satyarupa Sekhar, Director, Government Outreach and Advocacy, Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group (CAG), said that the increase in jurisdiction should be supplemented with adequate revenue and manpower.