Opposition AIADMK on Saturday urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin to hold consultation with Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) for laying pipelines along national highways and also demanded measures to prevent farmer suicides in the state over the project.
In addition, Party Coordinator O Panneerselvam called on the Chief Minister to offer solatium to the family of a Dharmapuri farmer who is believed to have died by suicide fearing that his land will be acquired for the Kochi-Kuttanadu-Mangaluru project. -Bengaluru (KKMB) which crosses seven districts in the west of the state.
He said the GAIL project was stopped under the AIADMK regime, but gained momentum from July last year.
“Officials started surveying the land and started the project. Fearing that his land will be taken for the project, farmer Ganesan recently committed suicide by hanging himself in the village of Kariappanahalli,” Panneerselvam said in a statement here.
He said the KKMB pipeline project was being laid from Kochi through Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts of Tamil Nadu, to connect to Bengaluru, to transport natural gas .
In 2013, the then Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa, who held consultations with farmers’ representatives, did not allow the project to be sited on farmland.
“She conveyed the farmer’s apprehensions that the project would not only affect their livelihood, but would also decrease the market value of the land,” he claimed and wondered what action Stalin took as a result. to its earlier request to prevent the laying of the pipeline on agricultural land.
“The news of Ganesan’s alleged suicide caused great agony. The government should compensate his family and take action to prevent farmer suicides in the state,” Panneerselvam said.
He called on the Chief Minister to speak immediately with the GAIL authorities and ensure that the pipelines are laid along the national roads without affecting farmland as has been done in Kerala.