Edappadi K Palaniswami said construction on Thaliavasal livestock park has been going at a snail pace . The project has not been completed, he said .
SALEM: Former chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said construction on the integrated livestock park at Thaliavasal here, which is said to be Asia's largest park, has been going at a snail's pace.EPS said at a farmers conference in Salem on Friday that it has been 14 months since the DMK took power, but that the project has not been completed.The Advanced Institute for Integrated Research on Livestock and Animal Sciences (AIIRLAS) was established by EPS in February 2021, when he was the chief minister.The livestock park, which will be 1,600 acres, will also house a veterinary college.In Salem, a 565-crore scheme was launched to divert excess water from Cauvery to 100 dried lakes.A fund was given and work began, but there has been little progress.If the work was completed, water drawn from Mettur dam could now be stored, facilitating irrigation in an additional 25,000 acres.The government needs to wake up and complete these initiatives so that the two lakh cusecs that now drain into the sea can be harnessed. He said that sewage treatment plants should be developed in Cauvery, stressing that water was drained into Cauvery at some places.The Centre had granted permission for a project we had started to reduce Cauvery pollution.But this government did not take it further.According to the former CM, the AIADMK government, which was farmer-friendly, had proposed many programs for their protection. The Kudimaramathu program, which resulted in desilting of 6,000 lakes around the state, was one of the initiatives launched to conserve water.During rain and drought, the former government also built several check dams, waived farm loans, and offered assistance to farmers around the state.During the AIADMK period, many agricultural colleges were established, and it was our government that accepted the long-awaited demand of tapping neera.According to EPS, the DMK government is instead neglecting farmers.