Sunday, October 16, 2022

Minister promise talks with CM Stalin, villagers opposing Parandur airport shelve stir

Chennai: Residents of Ekanapuram village, which may be acquired entirely for the Parandur airport project, have withdrawn their proposed protest march to the secretariat on October 17 after three DMK ministers met them on Saturday and promised to hold discussions with the CM on safeguarding their land and homes. 

On Saturday, based on CM MK Stalin’s instructions, ministers EV Velu, Thangam Thennarasu and TM Anbarasan held talks with eight members of Ekanapuram Village People and Farmers Welfare Board, a government release said.

More than 2,000 people were to take part in the protest spearheaded by Ekanapuram villagers against acquisition of land for the airport project, which, the villagers alleged, would wipe away their entire history. The villagers have been complaining that no minister or top official has come forward to hear their anguish or assure them of compensation.

G Subramanian, secretary of Ekanapuram Village People and Farmers Welfare Board, who took part in the meeting held at the secretariat, said, “We told them how the villagers will be impacted due to the land acquisition and how much damage it will cause to natural resources, including Kambuk lake. The AIADMK regime, which first proposed the project, failed to understand the impact of the project on ecology and other nearby villages,” said Subramanian.

16/10/22 C Shivakumar/New Indian Express

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