Farmers will stage a demonstration at Gandhipuram here on March 23 seeking alternative routes for three proposed bypass projects in the district.

State president of Thamizhaga Vivasaigal Sangam M.R. Sivasami said that nearly 1,500 acres of agriculture land would be affected in the district because of the three projects.

The major impact would be in the Kangeyampalayam belt where water level in the open wells was high even now, when ground water was depleting in other areas.

All the three projects were in the execution stage and land acquisition would start soon.

He said the Government should talk to the farmers directly.

A bypass road of shorter distance should be planned from Neelambur to Mettupalayam instead of Kangeyampalayam to Mettupalayam as proposed now.

With regard to the Western Bypass, the alignment from Madukkarai to Mettupalayam should be modified so that the road did not come into the city.

In the case of S.S. Kulam bypass, instead of the bypass a flyover should be constructed at Kovilpalayam, he said.