A group of agricultural workers, belonging to Dalit community, from Palliyapalayam in Bhoomalur village panchayat, on Monday, sought the intervention of the district administration to resume the construction of the public toilet complex in the area.

They said that the work on the complex had been left halfway about four months ago just because one family in the vicinity opposed the construction even though the toilet complex was coming up on poramboke land. “The family members are against the project as they wanted the government to give patta for the land to them,” the petitioners alleged.

S. Loganathan, district president of the All India Agricultural Workers Union, who came along with the petitioners, said that the speedy completion of the toilet complex was essential to end open defecation in the area as majority of the agricultural labourers did not either have space to construct individual toilets or have financial resources.

The petitioners returned after the District Collector promised to look into their grievances immediately.

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