Opposition to the South Indian Mills Association’s (SIMA) plan to set up a textile processing park at Periyapattu in the district, is gaining momentum with the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) halting work on laying of pipelines due to stiff resistance from the locals.
Over 10 textile companies under the aegis of SIMA have proposed to set up their processing units in the Phase III of the SIPCOT industrial park.
Though the project was mooted way back in 2013 by SIMA, at an estimate of ₹600 crore, it has met with stiff opposition from the residents of Thyagavalli, Thiruchopuram, Andarmullipallam and Kayalpattu in Periyapattu panchayat.
The move by the TWAD Board to lay pipelines for a distance of 18.5 km for the project ran into rough weather on September 21, after residents opposed the move strongly.
The work was halted and the district administration elicited the…