The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) should give compensation of Rs. 60,000 to the farmers affected by the Dharmapuri-Thiruvalam power line project, members of Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam said here on Thursday.

In a statement issues here , K.M. Ramagoundar, General Secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam said that the TNERC is undertaking laying of a 2000 MV overhead HT power line from Adhiyamaankottam in Dharmapuri to Thiruvalam in Vellore district above some farm land.Due to this project, the farmers on whose land the project is being implemented would be affected badly. TNERC had asked the farmers to undertake only paddy, tomato and other crops. The farmers had to cut down the mango and coconut trees for this project. Hence the compensation for these should be taken into account . Thus the TNERC should compensate Rs. 60,000 per mango and coconut trees to the farmers, they said.They demanded the TNERC to compensate Rs. 10,000 per acre per month as rent for the overhead line, as farming was not possible.

Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam decided to stage an agitation in front of the Office of the Superintending Engineer, TANGEDCO on March 26, the statement added.