Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately intervene in the gas pipeline project of GAIL (India) Ltd as the proposed alignment will have huge implications for farmers and common people.
The proposed Kochi-Koottanad-Mangaluru-Bengaluru gas pipeline project will cause irreparable damage to the agricultural property of thousands of farmers in seven districts of Tirupur, Erode, Coimbatore, Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri.
It has led to considerable apprehension and agitation among the people who are also concerned about the risks the project poses, she said in a letter to Modi. The State Government has constituted an expert committee to examine the possibilities of re-aligning the pipeline along the National Highways. Officials of GAIL can be asked to be part of this committee so that a mutually acceptable solution can be found in the interest of poor agriculturists as also the implementation of the project, she said.
GAIL had laid the pipelines in Kerala along the highways instead of on private lands, she said. The issue can be resolved through a joint constructive and accommodative approach, she added.