Around 5,000 dwellers from Tirupur city and its suburbs marched to the taluk office here on Thursday to submit a memorandum seeking speedy disbursal of free house site pattas and ration cards as well as increasing the frequency of drinking water supply, among other problems. They staged an agitation near the Railway Station before marching to meet the revenue officials. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) members, who grouped the residents together to give representations to the officials concerned, also took part in the agitation.
T.K. Rangarajan, MP; CPI(M) state secretariat member K. Thangavel; and the party district secretary K. Kamaraj; were among the prominent CPI(M) leaders, who took part in the demonstration.
The petitioners pointed out to the officials that thousands of eligible applicants were being denied the free house site pattas despite submitting the requisite applications many years back. Similafr was the delay in the issuance of ration cards, they said. The lethargic supply of drinking water in the city as well as in the nearby municipalities of 15 Velampalayam and Nallur too had come under severe criticism of the public. The residents complained that water is being supplied sometimes even once in three weeks.