Staff Reporter

Mettuppalayam: Five councillors of the Mettuppalayam Municipality on Monday staged a novel protest urging the civic body to close the trenches dug up for repairing the leaks in drinking water pipelines.

They protested by taking bath in the open using the stagnant water (in the trenches dug up for plugging the leaks) near the bus stand on the Coimbatore main road.

The councillors who staged the protest included R. Murugesan, R. Jagannathan, KMG Murali, P. Subramani and D. Sathish Kumar. The councillors alleged that the trenches had remained open for more than a week and caused a lot of accidents.

S.T. Rajan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Periyanaickenpalayam; R. Arumugam, Vice-Chairman of the Municipality; Commissioner Rajan and others held talks with the agitated councillors.

They assured that the leaks will be plugged immediately. Municipal authorities also assured that in future such repair works will be entrusted to private firms. Following these assurances, the councillors withdrew their agitation.