Police, on Saturday, arrested an activist and booked eight others on charges of opposing Gas Authority of India Limited (Gail) authorities’ plan to lay gas pipelines at Kalahasthinapuram village in Nagapattinam. The protesters alleged that the process of laying pipelines will destroy standing kuruvai paddy crops and cotton raised near Sembanarkoil in the district.
Meanwhile, following a widespread protest by the farmers against Gail authority’s move, police have instructed the officials to execute the process on empty lands without disturbing crops.
According to sources, the 29 km long stretch between Madhanam and Memathur near Tharangampadi in the district was earmarked for laying pipelines. Around 100 acres of land from 17 villages in the area was already acquired, sources said. Since the work began in April, Gail authorities have almost completed the laying of pipelines covering 17 km up to Kalahasthinapuram village amid opposition. Read more
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