The Public Awareness Association of Udhagamandalam has expressed concern over the growing beggar menace in this hill station.

Pointing out that effective action has been taken to deal with the problem in Coimbatore, the association has urged the Nilgiris district administration to take appropriate action here.

A meeting of hoteliers and lodge owners should be convened to streamline room tariff and prices of food items.

The civic administration should take action against hotels, which allow their sewage to overflow on the main roads. It wondered why the prices of tea continued to be high in the retail market even when the prices fall in the Coonoor Auction Centre.

Students

Pointing out that the frequent power shutdowns are affecting all sections of the society, the association urged the authorities to take into consideration the plight of the students preparing for examinations.

It hoped that steps would be taken to deal with the coin shortage in the town. It regretted that smoking in public places has become a common sight.

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