Kasargod: Locals stall work on Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline at Kumble
Daijiworld Media Network - Kasargod (VM)
Kasargod, Mar 2: Residents led by an action committee opposed and stopped the work on Kochi-Mangalore natural gas pipeline project at Inchlampady in Kumble on Thursday February 28.
It is said that the pipeline work was going on in the area without any prior notice or compensation to land owners, and several arecanut trees were chopped off. Angered by this, the residents and farmers joined together and laid siege.
GAIL is said to be handling this project. "Without giving prior notice or compensation to farmers, they (GAIL) have started the work of installing the pipeline. In Inchlampady, the pipeline has been installed in the agricultural areas and as a result a lot of property has been lost," said the protestors.
The locals allege that less than 20 meters is needed to lay a pipeline, but in the fields they have used more than that and claimed that officials did not keep their promise.
The pipeline installed in the area will now reach Mangalore after passing through areas like Heroor, Bajpe, Kayyar, and Kulai. The residents alleged that during the installation, a lot of property of the public will be used.
D S Mohan Kumar, action committee convener, Mahesh Bhat, president, Shankar Tailor, Praveen Amettodu, Sridar, Umesha, Yusuf Inchlapady, Jayaram Shetty, Trivikrama, and Narayan were part some of the people at the protest.