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Delta ryots block trains for water

Demand Rs 35K/acre kuruvai compensation, Rs 10K samba incentive

Delta ryots block trains for water

Farmers led by PR Pandian blocking train at Tiruvarur

TIRUCHY: Delta farmers staged a rail roko protest on Tuesday urging the Karnataka government to release TN’s share of water to save the standing kuruvai. They also demanded samba incentives of Rs 10,000 per acre and kuruvai crop damage compensation of Rs 35,000 per acre.

The protesters have also threatened to intensify their agitation, if their demands are not met. As per the announcement regarding the protest across the region demanding water from Karnataka, delta farmers organised a series of agitations in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Mayiladuthurai and Nagapattinam. They also urged the union government to pressure Karnataka to release the share due for Tamil Nadu.

As a part of the protest, around 200 farmers, led by PR Pandian, General Secretary of Tamil Nadu Cauvery Delta Farmers Association and president of Coordination Committee of All Farmers Association gathered at the Tiruvarur junction railway station and blocked the Mannargudi-Tiruvarur-Mayiladuthurai passenger train.

Police attempted to remove the farmers, who were squatting on the tracks, but in vain. The farmers continued to raise slogans against Karnataka and the Centre for failing to ensure the share of water to Tamil Nadu. Following this, police arrested all the protesters. Pandian told reporters that more than 3.50 lakh acres of kuruvai have started to dry up due to shortage of water, while farmers are in a dilemma whether to take up samba cultivation or not as there was no adequate water for cultivation. Amid this imbroglio, the Karnataka government has been planning to construct Mekedatu dam and the Centre should initiate action against Karnataka as it is illegal. Further the union government should allow Tamil Nadu to construct a dam at Rasimanal, he said.

Pandian also warned that the protests would be intensified if their demands go unheard.

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