The shifting of Tasmac outlets, which were functioning along the highways, is increasingly causing resentment among the public as some of these shops have been relocated in residential localities.

On Monday, a group of residents from Melakottaiyur village panchayat, in Tiruporur panchayat union, presented a memorandum to the district administration demanding the shop opened by Tasmac at Nellikuppam Road in the area recently, be shifted elsewhere. They had stated that the outlet would be near places of worship, and school and college students would have to pass through the road on the way to their institutions and back.

Similarly, residents from Kolapakkam on Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road had submitted a petition seeking relocation of two outlets which were shifted to Kolapakkam from the nearby highway.

Sources said officials, following the Madras High Court order, had no choice but to relocate these retail outlets in or near residential localities in the interior areas abutting the highways as they were not able to identify sites located away from residential localities.

According to sources, 55 out of 58 wine shops that functioned along the highways in Kancheepuram district have been relocated.