Thousands of people, including farmers, opposition parties and students, joined hands to oppose the ongoing hydrocarbon projects in delta districts, taking out massive rallies in Thanjavur , Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts.
The agitators urged the government to declare the delta region a protected agriculture zone after stopping all the ongoing projects. Around 2,000 people, including 800 women, under Federation for Protection of Cauvery Basin, marched from Thanjavur Roundtana to the district collector’s office in protest. All ongoing projects should be wound up to facilitate declaring the delta region a protected agriculture zone.
The state should make sure it gets the share of water from Karnataka for the kuruvai cultivation, the protesters demanded, adding that all cases against the protesters should be withdrawn immediately. V Duraimakickam, Tamil Nadu Farmers’ Association state general secretary, headed the protest in which deputy president Raveendran and functionaries and cadre from communist parties, MDMK, Cauvery Rights Retrieval Committee, Makkal Athikaram took part. Following the rally, vehicular traffic on Trichy-Thanjavur national highways has been affected for over one and a half an hour.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made under the guidance by Thanjavur police superintendent S S Maheswaran. Hundreds of students of Raja Serfoji Government Arts College in Thanjavur staged a protest, showing support for the cause. Around 2,500 people organised a rally in Tiruvarur from the New Bus Stand to the collector’s office.
They raised slogans against both the state and the Central governments for stands in the execution of hydrocarbon project in the delta basin. “Despite warning made by minister C V Shanmugam against ONGC, corporation authorities continue their work without any hindrance. This showed that the state is deceiving the farmers,” he said.
(source : TOI)