Members of various socio and political bodies organised under the Cauvery Protection Movement staged a protest in the city on Wednesday against construction of reservoirs across the Cauvery by Karnataka and demanded that the methane extraction project in the delta districts be dropped.
Members of the movement voiced their opposition by staging a protest and road roko in front of the Office of the Customs demanding that both projects be stopped.
Workers of the Marulamarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, Periyar Paasarai, and Tamizhaga Vaazhurimai Makkal Katchi besides representatives of the Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Association took part in the agitation.
The Cauvery Protection Movement members condemned the Centre for not preventing Karnataka from constructing the reservoirs and not dropping the methane extraction project. Carrying placards containing their demands, the members assembled a few metres away from the Office of the Customs and took out a procession towards that office.
Raising slogans, the members gathered in front of the Customs office and staged a demonstration vehemently opposing both projects besides resorting to a road blockade.
A heavy posse of police personnel was deployed in front of the Customs office in view of the agitation call given by the Cauvery Protection Movement. The protesters later courted arrest.
Police said 162 members were arrested. Those held were later released.