Street vendors who peddle fruits and other commodities near Vandavasi old bus stand staged protest after Municipal authorities attempted to evict them to create space for constructing water tank on Wednesday.

Municipality is to take up drinking water project at a cost of Rs.10.9 crore. Municipality was considered several places for constructing overhead tank including Vaniyar kulam and Boys High School ground.

However suddenly, the authorities have came up with earth movers near Vandavasi old bus stand to evict hawkers from their place to create space for the tank. Agitated by this move, hawkers staged dharna with their family members.

They argued that they were earlier selling their wares in Bazar and only to ease traffic they were all cleared from those places and allotted the present place as an alternative arrangement.

They also said that their livelihood will be lost if they were forced out of this place.