Continued presence of two Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) outlets a few metres apart at the thickly populated T.S.R. Layout in Ward 24, is creating a furore yet again.

“It is a pity that the authorities concerned still are not shifting the shops despite the instructions from Legislative Assembly Committee on Petitions, which visited the area a year ago,” CPI district committee member and a former Councillor A. Rajendran, told reporters here on Monday.

Expressing their disappointment over the apathy of the administration, the residents of the area along with Mr. Rajendran submitted a petition to District Collector M. Mathivanan on Monday.

“We have to resort to agitations if no action is still been taken on the matter within a fortnight,” Mr. Rajendran said.

He said that it was a surprise that two shops had been allocated within a space of 200 metres in a residential area.

“There are numerous incidents when customers after consuming liquor on the spot harassed women and smashed cars,” he said.

Another memorandum received by the Collector on the day was from residents of P.K.R. Colony who complained that the ration shop in area was recently shifted to a locality about 2 km away.

“Since the hamlet is predominantly been occupied by daily wage workers, it has become extremely difficult for them to travel such long distances to get essential commodities sacrificing their work schedules,” the memorandum said.

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