Land owners not forced for Chennai-Salem expressway: CM

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has asserted that the AIADMK government was not forcing any land owner to party with his/her land for the Salem-Chennai ‘green corridor’ Expressway project. 

Speaking to reporters in Salem, he said, “There is not even a one per cent intention to coax or stress or mentally pressure anyone to part with their land for the project.”

He added: “It is in the overall welfare of people and considering the growing infrastructure needs for the development of Tamil Nadu that we are supporting the eight-lane expressway.”

Palaniswami said four check dams will be built across the Cauvery at various places to stock up on water. “Four check dams with a storage capacity of 1 to 1.25 tmc each will be built across the Cauvery. One of them will be built near Karur. Necessary studies are being carried out for constructing three other check dams across the river.”

The Chief Minister said that once the Cauvery-Godavari scheme is commissioned, pumping stations will be set up for 40-50 km on both sides of the rivers and water will be carried to dry areas through lift irrigation. Water will be released for samba cultivation if its level at Mettur dam touches 90 ft, he said.

He also said the number of Tamilnadu Grama Bank branches will be increased from 630 to 1,000. Handing over loans to beneficiaries at a function in Salem, he said Pandiyan and Pallavan Grama Banks have been joined to form the Tamilnadu Grama Bank.

Palaniswami after the State-level credit campaign organised by the Tamil Nadu Grama Bank, met media men and said that inspection works were started to set up three barrages in Cauvery river to save 1.50 TMC of surplus water.