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Farmers take to streets over release of water

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Seek implementation of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award

digging in their heels: Members of the Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam in staging a road roko on Sikkal Main Road, Nagapattinam on Sunday. Photo: B_Velankanni Raj
digging in their heels: Members of the Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam in staging a road roko on Sikkal Main Road, Nagapattinam on Sunday. Photo: B_Velankanni Raj

The Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam staged road rokos here, across the district, demanding release of water for irrigation and the implementation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's award, on Sunday.

Scarcity of water at the tail end has had an adverse affect on Samba cultivation here and the solution was to pressurise Karnataka to adhere to the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award.

The protesters of the Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) came down heavily on the Tamil Nadu government for “not making any progress on ensuring the final award of the Tribunal was complied with.”

They also demanded that the State government move the Supreme Court for the implementation of the final award. The laxity on seeking implementation of the award has had a greater impact on the tail end of the Cauvery delta that was already subject to the fury and unpredictability of nature in the form of cyclones.

Timely release of water alone would save the region's agriculture, the protesters said. Road blockades were organised at Paalikotagam, Melapidagai, Sikkal, Keezhvelur, Ayapaadi and Kothankudi in Thalainayar block. V.Subramanian, District Secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, led the road roko here in Sikkal.

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