HIGH TENSION SHOCK
Farmers have been protesting for the last two years against the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and state’s Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation Limited for erecting transmission towers on agriculture lands in as many as 13 districts. Opposing the project, the farmers sought the state and Centre to carry out the project by laying underground cables similar to Kerala and abroad or take up an alternative pathway without disturbing the farmlands. The proposed power line is likely to cut through farmlands in districts such as Karur, Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Tiruvannamalai, Dindigul and Tirupur.
5-KM WALK TO POLLING BOOTH
The 1000 odd voters in Chellappagoundenpudur, a quaint village near Pollachi have threatened to boycott polls as they had to travel five km to exercise their franchise. Lack of proper bus connectivity compounds their problem as they had to trek for about two km to reach the bus stop to board bus. The villagers have put forth their demand to the district administration to install a booth in their neighbourhood.
GAIL ROW IN PIPELINE
Farmers have been protesting against laying of gas pipelines cutting across fertile farm lands. They said it will have a devastating effect on agriculture in districts, including Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri. Nearly 6,000 acres of fertile land will be affected and may ruin the livelihood of thousands of farmers in Western districts. The farmers blamed the government for having failed to take any concrete steps against the proposed project.
PATTA AND ROAD PRIME DEMANDS
People from two villages in Tirupur have also decided to boycott the Lok Sabha polls. Residents of Arivoli Nagar faulted both the AIADMK and DMK governments for failing to issue pattas for the land given way back in 1993. Similarly, the residents of Kittampalayam in Thekkalur panchayat have also threatened to boycott elections demanding to re-lay a stretch of a road.
RED ALERT OVER GREEN CORRIDOR
Black flag protests, hunger strikes and demonstrations marked farmers protest against the 10,000 crore proposed Green Corridor Project between Salem and Chennai. Farmers claim that more than 15,000 acres of fertile farmlands and forests have been acquired for it. Even the High Court intervened and directed the police not to use force against the protestors.