Members of Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a demonstration in the city on Monday evening demanding disbursal of diesel at subsidised prices to people running industrial units and stronger measures to control spread of dengue in the State.
The agitators held lighted candles to express their anger over the prolonged hours of load shedding in place.
CPI (M) town secretary N. Gopalakrishnan said unless diesel was given at subsidised prices to industrialists, they could not profitably operate the units considering the extent to which the power was cut every day.
“Many of the small-scale units cannot viably operate on generator sets during the load shedding hours because of the high cost of diesel,” he pointed out. On health front, the CPI (M) men were of the opinion that civic body and health officials should further strengthen the mosquito control measures to prevent dengue from spreading.
“At present, source reduction measures being taken to prevent breeding of mosquito are far from satisfactory,” they said.