Salem-Chennai green corridor will affect farmers: CPI leader

By PTI Published on Jun 22, 2018 10:52 AM IST

Coimbatore: The proposed green corridor project from Salem to Chennai is unnecessary as the project would deprive thousands of farmers of their fertile land, secretary of Tamilnadu unit of CPI R Mutharasan said.

The State government, without discussing with the people and farmers in the area, has already started the process of acquiring the land as a result of which 72,000 farmers would be affected, and cutting down of one lakh coconut trees, Mutharasan told reporters here.

Despite such expected losses, the chief minister K Palaniswami was adamant to see the Rs 10,000-crore project through, he said.

Moreover, the Communist leader said farmers, social activists like Piyush Manush and Valarmathi were arrested for opposing the highway project and false cases were registered.

"There is no freedom of expression for farmers and people in Tamilnadu and those who raise the issue are branded as anti-socials," he added.

Amid opposition, Palaniswami had asserted in the Assembly that the highway project would boost economic growth and its gains far outweighed other factors.

The 277.3-km-long eight-lane greenfield project under the centre's 'Bharatmala Pariyojana' scheme, would stimulate growth like the Mumbai-Pune and Delhi-Agra expressway projects, he had told the Assembly.