Supreme Court has not rejected our demand on Mekedatu issue and when we go in appeal the court will ask in detail for our stand on the issue and thereafter give its verdict, Chief Minister Edapadi Palansiwami told newsmen when they quipped was it not true that the apex body has rejected the State’s demand.
To another query as to the State government’s response to Karnataka Chief Minister’s invitation for talks on the issue Palansiwami said all of us are aware after a 50 year rigmorale the Supreme Court has clearly said in its verdict on water sharing and the inter-State laws binding all the four States in respect of Cauvery. Tamil Nadu also wished that the verdict is fully adhered to in letter and spirit including by Karnataka, he added.
Newsmen pointed while the Chief Minister has said come what may his government will go ahead with the Salem 8-lane highway project farmers were going dharna against it.
To this the Chief Minister said the green corridor project was meant to uplift the economic growth and lives of people around. All of us must avail this rare opportunity, he emphasised. Previously when such lands were acquired the compensation was low but now it was not the case. Farmers and others were given adequate compensation.
He further pointed out that even decades back people abroad have gone for 8-lane and 10-lane projects and reaping the benefits of connectivity and development all round. In Tamil Nadu number of vehicles on the road was increasing by leaps and bounds. Taking this into consideration only this mega project was planned and not to harm farmers but only for their welfare and faster transport of their produce to other places which would ultimately ensure fair price for them.
Farmers were saying adequate compensation was not being given, a newsmen said. To this contention Edapadi pointed out in the DMK regime itself higher land compensation issue cropped up. Now that was not the problem. 85 per cent of people have expressed satisfaction over the compensation norm and we are now engaged in convincing others also to fall in line for the larger benefit of the population, he added.