Discuss with GAIL not to lay pipeline on agricultural land: OPS to Stalin


Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Coordinator O. Panneerselvam said on Saturday that the DMK government, which was considering laying gas pipelines on farmland, was misleading farmers.

Panneerselvam urged Chief Minister MKStalin to discuss with GAIL (India) Ltd to lay its pipeline along the highway.



Panneerselvam also urged Stalin to provide financial compensation to the family of the farmer who committed suicide after GAIL began laying his pipes on his land.

According to Panneerselvam, the DMK in its election manifesto had promised that it would bring relief to the problems faced by the agricultural sector and put in place programs for the welfare of the sector.

However, the DMK government was a bystander to GAIL laying its gas pipelines through farmland and cheating the farmers.

Farmers in Dharmapuri district protested as GAIL took ground measurements for laying their gas pipelines and three days ago a farmer fearing his land would be taken over by the company killed himself, Panneerselvam said .

GAIL is laying a pipeline to bring gas from Kochi in Kerala to Bengaluru via several districts in western Tamil Nadu (Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri).

While the pipelines are being laid along the highways of Kerala, the company wants to lay the pipes through the farmlands of Tamil Nadu.

The company refused to lay the pipes along the highways.

–IANS

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