TAMIL NADU

Protest against long hours of power cuts

CPI activists lay siege to office of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation in Tirupur on Tuesday.– Photo: M. Balaji

CPI activists lay siege to office of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation in Tirupur on Tuesday.– Photo: M. Balaji  

Antagonised over the long hours of load shedding, spurt in mosquitoes, and poor basic amenities, around 200 residents of Corporation Ward 20 and members of Communist Party of India lay siege to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation office and staged road blockade agitation in the city on Tuesday.

CPI’s Poyampalayam branch secretary V.S. Sasikumar, who was among those led the agitation, said that the umpteen small and medium scale apparel units situated in the ward were on the verge of closure as they could not operate at the optimal levels due to 16 hours of load shedding in place in the area.

“A good chunk of migrant worker population residing at areas like Poyampalayam, Sakthi Nagar and Palanisamy Nagar in the ward are dependent on the wages obtained from these units.

“If the authorities concerned did not take steps to improve power supply instantaneously, most of the workers will lose their jobs,” he added. Another major issue that had been confronting the residents was the mosquito menace.

“Since Nallar canal passes through the region and Corporation not carrying out vector control measures satisfactorily, the mosquito population has multiplied significantly in the past many weeks. With frequent power cuts in the night, the mosquitoes are giving sleepless nights to us,” some of the dwellers who took part in the agitation pointed out. The public also called for augmentation of water supply to the Ward 20.

“At present, water is being supplied once in 10 days. Considering the demand in the area, it has to be made once in two days,” Mr. Saski Kumar said.

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