Staff Reporter

Tirupur: Thousands of people gathered at Udumalpet on Monday evening to agitate against the proposed move by Kerala Government to construct a dam across the Pambar river, which is feeding water into Amaravathy River.

The demonstration was organised by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and was also attended by members of MDMK and non-governmental organisations.

Livelihood

Leading the agitation, AIADMK senior functionary V. Pollachi Jayaraman, MLA, said that a dam across the Pambar river would affect the livelihood of over five lakh people who were dependent on the Amaravathy river system. It includes farmers having crops under cultivation over a lakh acre, sugar and paper mill owners and those who were indirectly linked to the farming and industrial activities in the region.

According to AIADMK men, the water flow through Amaravathy river will be reduced by about 70 per cent once the dam comes up across Pambar river.

“Once the quantity of water reduced, the farmers will find it difficult to sustain the cultivation of water intensive crops like coconut, sugarcane and paddy,” they said. Sivasami, MP, C. Shanmugavelu and R. Prema, both MLAs, among others, took part.

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