Chennai, June 23 (): Tamil Nadu- Kerala border on the Palghat side is witnessing a movement by people of Chittur to align with the former.
Chittur located in Kerala’s border is seeing a growing anti-Kerala movement. The taluk has a sizeable population of Tamils and Adivasis and most of them are farmers. They have formed a ‘Save Chittur Movement’. Their grouse is that Kerala government has neglected the area and not responded to their demands. They say that within a limited time limit if the demands are not met, they would make a demand that the taluk be made a part of Tamil Nadu.
The movement has support of Keralites too. The movement has taken a serious turn with Tamil Nadu’s outfits like Naam Tamilar declaring support. Posters have already appeared in many parts of the taluk. Kerala government and local MLA who is from Congress has not reacted to the demands.
The reason for farmers of Chittur to be in favour of aligning with Tamil Nadu is that the water comes from three dams – Parambikulam, Thoonakadavu, and Peruvaripallam in Chittur and opposition alleged that Kerala conceded that Tamil Nadu owns them.
CPM held a hartal in the taluk over it. Farmers say the controversy is not beneficial to them. They say Tamil Nadu discharged more waters from Aliyar dam to them than the quota and saved the crops. Even during peak summer Aliyar water has come to their rescue and even when there was anguish on Kerala side on sharing Parambikulam water with Tamil Nadu.
They say despite the Mullaperiyar tension, Tamil Nadu has always been helpful to them. Kerala gets water from the three dams through Chittur river and Chalakudy. This water irrigates 45,000 acres of paddy lands. Chittur farmers are now more encouraged with support from Tamil Nadu outfits.