Residents of Vaduganthangal village near K V Kuppam panchayat union in Gudiyattam held a road roko demanding regular water supply in their area, on Monday morning.
Protestors gathered on the Gudiyattam-Katpadi road around 7.30 am and raised slogans demanding water supply. They complained that they had been using water from bore wells and deep wells in the panchayat but the water sources had begun to dry during summer, leaving the residents in the lurch. They noted that the water level had not increased after the recent rains and demanded an alternative source of water in their areas.
A police team headed by K V Kuppam police inspector Sampath and Katpadi tahsildar Dakshinamoorthy arrived on the spot and pacified the agitators. Following this, the protest was withdrawn. Morning traffic was affected for an hour.
‘Ban Sand Mining’
Members of the Palar Protection Awareness Movement held a rally on Sunday, urging the State government to ban sand mining in the Palar.
Supporters raised slogans urging the government to protect the river from pollution and commercial exploitation by the sand mafia.
Participating in the rally, president of the Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam professor S A Chinnasamy said the drought relief measures announced by the State government had not reached the beneficiaries in full. A re-survey must be conducted by revenue and agriculture departments to include all affected farmers.
In this regard, the association would also stage an agitation here on July 29, he added. Chinnasamy further said the State government should implement Thennpennai-Palar link project immediately to revive the dying Palar river.