Police stopping vegetable transports

India: Kerala farmers demand release of water

As per the inter-state agreement, the Indian state of Tamil Nadu was supposed to give 203 billion litres of water a year to its neighbouring state Kerala from the Parambikulam Aliyar Project. The state released the water for about 10 months, from July to April.

At present, the state has released 154 billion litres and is yet to release 49 billion litres. Yesterday, there was a protest by Kerala farmer to have the remaining quantities of water released.

Thehindu.com reports that following protests by these Kerala farmers in districts bordering Tamil Nadu, the police has stopped the lorries as a precautionary measure. Around 200 lorries that were on their way to Kerala carrying vegetables have been stopped.

The protests started around midnight and as of Friday morning, police had stopped around 80 vehicles in Pollachi and around 30 to 40 each at the Gopalapuram, Meenakshipuram, Velanthavalam, Nadupuni and Govindapuram check posts.

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