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    Food or roads-- what should be the priority?

    As the population of a State increases, there is always pressure to expand the roads. These pressures obviously take away the precious land of the farmers. This is the story everywhere and when there are attempts to take away everything that is natural in an environment, there will be severe protests.

    Tamil Nadu is no exception. When there is a big town that is the wholesale center of thousands of nearby villages, naturally the farmers would flock to the town to get the best prices. The people of the town would also happily give away the higher prices, as they do not have much of an alternative. Salem is one such town.

    Some time ago, there was a big attempt to bring a new Highway from Salem to the metro of Chennai, a neat seven hours by car or by bus. There is already a good highway and there is absolutely no need for an eight-lane Highway. The Central and State Governments wanted this desperately. The Opposition party is likely to put this into cold storage, as the party is likely to raise this issue in the current election.

    We need precious land that gives us our food. We cannot go on taking away our precious land. The lorries that carry goods to Chennai can use the existing facility. We cannot neglect agriculture. Unless we produce maximum quantities of fruits and vegetables, we cannot sustain the current prices. For example, apples are never grown in the State of Tamil Nadu. They come from the North. The present prices are anywhere between Rs.250 to Rs.350 in Bangalore and Chennai and between Rs.200 to Rs.250/-. If huge industries corner away all lands or the lands are eaten up to create a new Capital like what Mr. Naidu did in AP, we will be left with nothing to eat. If the lands go, apples will cost us Rs.500 per kg.

    So, we first need food. We can do without an eight-lane highway. After all, the fastest train called Kovai express takes just five hours to reach Salem. The answer is more of such trains. And if we have good trains, people will not use cars. The lorries can ply only during nighttime. What is even more shocking is that Salem can also be reached via Vellore. This route has a fabulous Highway, via Krishnagiri. The Supreme Court seems to have cleared this project, but Mr. Stalin is likely to give it a decent burial. He should indeed do just that.
  • #725462
    Opposition parties in India and in Tamil Nadu does not need wholesome develpments and if roads are developed everything gets developed. Not knowing this mantra the opposition in Tamil Nadu is rasing no banner for this wonderful project. Probably the opposition sensing some corrupt activities in such huge road projects. But NDA government is not involved in any such corrupt activities and no party could able to prove corruption or whatsoever. When the local people want the road projects who are these so called corrupt oppostion parties to stall national projects of great importance.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #725469
    Good roads, industrialisation , educational institutes etc bring progress and prosperity in the region but the issue which the author has raised is why roads are being constructed when roads are still in good condition and there is no problem for vehicles also which run on these roads connecting different cities in Tamilnadu. I don't know much about what is happening in this state and what should be their priorities . Their leadership, political parties, mindset and inclination of people etc on all such issues members who belong to Tamilnadu may speak in a better way.

  • #725485
    Food is important. At the same time development is also necessary. We should strike a balance between both of them. Infrastructure is very important for the progress of any place in the country. The development will take place more in such places where the connectivity by road, by train and by air are good. Foreign investment will come only when having the finest infrastructure is available. At the same time food is also very important. The human population is increasing and food requirement is also increasing. So we should see how to increase the output of these agricultural activities is also very important.
    always confident

  • #725488
    In a developed country both the aspects are important - connectivity of the roads for the free acess of food items and their movements. The producers would not waste so much time in selling their goods due to easy availability of customers due to the improved roared conditions. The producers have to ensure that crops of different varieties are augmented with the maximum use of their lands, improved varieties of seeds and proper irrigation of the crops. With the times ahead the population will surge exponentially in our country and in that scenario, import of food items cannot be solution since the helping countries too have their own limitations.

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