Staff Reporter

Demonstration to be held on May 11

Call to give up Neelambur bypass plan

COIMBATORE: Farmers' organisation Tamizhaga Vivasayeegal Sangam will hold a demonstration here on May 11 to protest against land acquisition.

State president of the Sangam M.R. Sivasamy has said in a release that if the National Highways Authority of India was to go ahead with its plants to acquire land for the 200 feet by pass road, it would cause damage and financial loss in Coimbatore district.

To prevent the damage, the Authority must give up the Neelambur bypass plan and without causing much damage must widen the Mettupalayam Road into a four-lane highway. It could also form a 100-foot road through Neelambur and Kovilpalayam.

By doing so the Rs. 250 crore the Government had allotted for the purpose could be put to better use.

As far as possible, acquisition of farm lands should be avoided, as farmers not only lost their land but also profession. And if at all the Government or any of its agencies were to acquire land it should purchase the same at twice the prevailing market rate and not as per guideline value.

After the May 11 protests, farmers who would be affected in the acquisition process to be carried out at Chavady bypass, Neelambur bypass, airport and link roads would form a joint committee to carry out protests. It was to project a united front of the farmers.