Members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and residents of Ward 28 laid a siege to Corporation’s zone office-II on Monday alleging that the administration had been repeatedly cold shouldering their grievances pertaining to poor basic amenities.

They said that many street lights in the ward were not working for the last many weeks making the travel in the night difficult both for pedestrians and motorists.

Likewise, a large number of electricity poles made of concrete had been in bad shape and the requests to replace them were not taken seriously. “The rickety poles can collapse any moment posing threat to human lives,” said P.R. Natarajan, CPI secretary (Tirupur town east committee). The people wanted the administration to construct a building for the ration shop located at Bharathi Nagar in the ward, which is now functioning from a rented building.

“If the new building did not come up quickly there is every possibility that the shop could get shifted to far off location as the owner of the rented building has asked the fair price shop officials to vacate the space. Since a plot is available adjacent to it, the new building should be set up there immediately,” Mr. Natarajan said.

Another issue raised by the residents was that about 200 families staying at Chinnabommanaickenpalayam, Bharathi Nagar, and Thayammal Layout were yet to receive grinders and mixers distributed free of cost under a government scheme.

The agitators dispersed after officials promised to redress their grievances at the earliest.

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