Condemning Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami’s statement on the Green Corridor project, farmers staged protests at Parapatti and Pulavari in Salem on Friday.
The protesting farmers raised slogans against the State and Centre governments for trying to implement the project. Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami reportedly told presspersons in Madurai on Thursday that it was an essential development project and three times’ compensation was paid to acquire lands for the project.
Condemning Mr. Palaniswami’s statement, the protesters said that they would not allow the governments to implement the project.
S. Narayanan, an affected farmer said, “despite repeated protests, the governments are not interested in listening to our grievances. This is not a development project, but one that would lead to loss of several acres of agricultural land and water bodies. Food production would be affected and there would be water scarcity. While there are several other issues to be looked into, the State government is keen on implementing this project.”
M. Kavitha, a woman farmer said, “the Centre is proposing anti-farmer projects in Tamil Nadu and we feel like the governments are avenging farmers for their loss in the election.”
Perumal, one of the protesters said, “Chief Minister claims that the road would reduce fuel consumption and thereby reduce vehicle emissions. Meanwhile, the Centre is pushing for full conversion to electric vehicles in the next few years. So in whose interest is the State government trying to implement the project.”