With the ruling AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu proposing to set up a satellite city near Chennai, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Monday said his government had initiated a similar effort in 2006 but chief minister Jayalalithaa, then opposition leader, had slammed the move.
Writing in the DMK mouthpiece 'Murasoli,' Karunanidhi said his government had in 2006 proposed to develop a satellite city and had selected 30,000 acres near Vandalur-Kelambakkam for this purpose which was planned in a way to ensure there was no displacement of people already residing there.
Recalling Jayalalithaa's statement on September 1, 2006, Karunanidhi said she had slammed the then DMK government's move alleging it was being done to benefit Karunanidhi's grandnephews, the Maran brothers, among others.
He said the site near Vandalur-Kelambakkam was selected after his government's earlier proposal to implement a similar plan near the same Thirumazhisai area where Jayalalithaa has now proposed to develop the satellite city on 311 acres, was met with stiff resistance from local residents and farmers.
"It had been proposed to acquire 1695 acres before the locals protested. So we decided not to acquire wetlands and others," he said.
AIADMK's ally, the CPI (M) and PMK, had then flayed her for opposing the satellite city but had lauded the proposal when she announced it in the Assembly last week,he said.
"Had Jayalalithaa not opposed the proposal then,a satellite city would also have come up and Chennai's congestion also reduced.The fact that CPI (M) and PMK have supported the present proposal only shows they adopt different yardsticks," he said.