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Farmers oppose laying of petroleum pipelines through farmlands

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Opposing the proposal to lay petroleum pipeline through agricultural lands for the Irugur (Coimbatore) to Devangonthi (Karnataka) Petroleum and Petroleum Product Pipeline project, farmers in Chennimalai erected tombstones and performed puja here.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board has authorised Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to lay, build and operate the pipeline project to carry 3.52 million tonnes per annum (MMTPA) from Irugur that pass through Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. Work has begun recently and people in many areas oppose laying of pipelines through their farmland.

At Athikadu village in Chennimalai, farmers erected tombstones along the Kangeyam Road and performed puja. They said that officials should not cross the stone and enter their land. Farmers said that they believe that the tombstone will save their land.

Led by former panchayat president Dhanalakshmi Periyasamy and K.V. Ponnaiyan, president of Tamil Nadu Swadeshi Farmers’ Association, farmers raised slogans against the project and wanted pipelines to be laid along the national highway.

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