The Cauvery Delta Protection Movement, comprising of representatives from political parties as well as the farmers’ association that met in Thanjavur district on Tuesday, decided to stage a series of protests beginning July 9 against the proposed hydrocarbon extraction projects in the State in all district headquarters as well as in Puducherry.
The association leaders, while accusing both the Central and State governments of not addressing the issues raised by the ryots, said the Centre has allowed multi-national companies and the ONGC to extract hydrocarbon, methane and coal from the Cauvery delta, thereby affecting the quality of land as well as drying up ground water resources. “Once these projects are implemented, at least one crore people from the Cauvery delta would be affected,” the participants rued.
The meeting hence resolved to withdraw the proposed auction for the extraction of hydrocarbon and methane, and pass a resolution in the assembly, with the same being sent to the Centre also immediately.
Meanwhile, the movement members decided to stage a series of protests at the headquarters of Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Pudukkottai, Cuddalore, Villupuram, and Puducherry on July 9 in which a large section of the public, farmers and political party members are expected to participate. Awareness rallies would also be conducted for a week.
Condemning the Central and State governments for not releasing water for Kuruvai cultivation for the eighth consecutive year, the movement would also hold campaign with regard to the issue across the State. The members would also take part in the human chain protest scheduled on June 23 from Marakkanam to Ramanathapuram against hydrocarbon extraction, sources said.