Opinion seems to be divided among villagers over the government decision to set up a paper board factory at Mondipatti and neighbouring villages in Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s Srirangam Assembly constituency.

While a group of farmers have voiced their opposition to acquisition of cultivable lands for the Rs.1,200-crore factory proposed to be set up by the Tamil Nadu News Print and Papers Ltd., a section of residents from the villages staged a road blockade on Monday afternoon in support of the project.

Around 400 residents of Mondipatti, Poduvarpatti and K. Periyapatti blocked traffic on the Manapparai – Kulithalai State highway at Kottapatti, about 50 km from here, calling upon the government to set up the factory at the earliest.

The villagers, many of them women, wanted the government to take necessary steps to acquire land expeditiously for the unit.

The road roko went on for about an hour, police sources said.

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