Demanding that adequate compensation be paid for the land acquired for Salem – Ulundurpet National Highway 79 project, over 500 farmers from Villupuram and Salem districts blocked the highway near V. Koot Road at Chinnasalem here on Thursday.
R. Ramamurthy, MLA, led the agitation. They said that the compensation provided was insufficient. A resurvey should be carried out and market value should be paid to land owners, they said.
“The orders of the Madras High court on December 4 should be implemented so that farmers get justice,” they said. They wanted toll fee to be relaxed for carrying farm produce, exemption from TDS, and refund of the amount already collected. They demanded hat flyovers and service roads be constructed in accident-prone areas. Bus shelters and street lights be provided at junctions.
They demanded that an inquiry be conducted into the alleged irregularities in land acquisition and payment of compensation to farmers. Action should be taken against officials concerned. A committee should be formed in 15 days to settle the compensation.
Kallakurichi RDO Rajasekar, Attur DSP Manickam and revenue officials held talks with them and promised to look into the it.
Members of All India Kissan Maha Sabha staged a demonstration near Collectorate here on Thursday. District secretary V. Ayyadurai led the agitation. They said that though the High Court had directed the district administration to take action in three months and settle the compensation amount individually, no action had been taken so far. They said Rs. 1,000 crore should be paid as compensation to the affected farmers.