Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami has assured that land meant for the Chennai-Salem expressway project will not be snatched away from their owners and the matter will be discussed with them.
Speaking after he inaugurated a series of projects in Salem, Palaniswami said, “The green corridor project is essential for the development of various districts in the region. Most of the roads in the region were laid almost two decades ago and since 2001, the number of vehicles on road has increased by 300%.”
“The Green Corridor is a Central government project and such roads are needed for the smooth movement of vehicles, including heavy vehicles like trucks. Now the issue is under the purview of Supreme Court. The project will be implemented in discussion with protesting farmers. Discussions will be held with them and none of their lands will be forcefully acquired for the project,” he added.
The Centre has proposed the project considering factors like promoting further industrialisation in the region, even as many of the national highways in the state were laid 15-20 years ago, Palaniswami said.
“The Centre had taken steps to implement this project to promote more industries in this developing region. But, the matter is in court due to some issues. Steps will be taken to hold talks with the landowners and convince them,” he added.
He also said the government will build a new bus port on 60 acres. Palaniswami said in an attempt to reduce the traffic congestion in Salem the bus port will be built near here.
He said once the project report is prepared, the foundation stone will be laid for the bus port and construction work would begin.