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Green Express Corridor is not the need of the hour: PMK leader

The proposed Salem-Chennai Green Express Corridor is not the need of the hour, said former Minister of Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss on the second day of the public hearing.

Published: 19th July 2018 04:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2018 10:03 AM   |  A+A-

Police make way for transporting vital organs from Apollo BGS Hospital in Mysuru to BGS Gleneagle Hospital in Kengeri through Green Corridor on Saturday | S Udayshankar

By Express News Service

DHARMAPURI: The proposed Salem-Chennai Green Corridor is not the need of the hour, said former Minister of Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss on the second day of the public hearing at Irulapatti.

As per his announcement for a two-day meet with people in and around Harur and Pappareddipatti, Ramadoss spoke to farmers and stakeholders of Irulapatti, who stand to lose their lands and livelihoods to the proposed Chennai-Salem Greenfield Expressway Corridor (GEC), on the second day.

Addressing the villagers, he said, “Salem city is comparatively smaller than Coimbatore, Tiruchy and Madurai, with a population of only 9 lakh people. So, the number of daily commuters is also far less.
So, spending over `10,000 crores for such comparatively less-populated city is not wise. The funds can be instead be used for other development purposes,” he said.

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