CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami restated that the Salem-Chennai green corridor is a necessary project and it would be executed with the agreement of farmers, whose lands would be obtained for the project.
Opening a series of projects in Salem, including a 2.5-km stretch of a two-tier flyover among AVR rotatory circle and Ramakrishna Road junction, Mr. Palaniswami stated, “The green corridor project is essential for the development of various districts in the region. Most of the roads in the region were laid almost two decades ago and since 2001 the number of vehicles on the road has increased by 300%.” He also said that like infrastructure development was important in the region, including Salem, Erode, and Namakkal.
Concerning the protests against the state government for this project, Mr. Palaniswami declared, “The green corridor is a central government project and not one by the state government. Such roads are needs for the smooth movement of vehicles, including heavy vehicles such as trucks from the neighboring States like Kerala. Now the issue is in the purview of Supreme Court. The project will be implemented in discussion with the protesting farmers. Discussions will be held with them and none of their lands would be forcefully acquired for the project.”