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DYFI wants fish market to be opened

DYFI activists solicit funds for a fish market in Puducherry on Sunday.Photo: T. Singaravelou

DYFI activists solicit funds for a fish market in Puducherry on Sunday.Photo: T. Singaravelou  

They stage protest on Gingee Salai

The Democratic Youth Federation of India on Sunday organised a protest to demand the opening of a fish market on Gingee Salai.

The protesters gathered on Gingee Salai in the morning and started solicited funds from the public. They were only able to collect from three or four people, however, before they were removed from the spot by the police.

“When we met with the Municipality Commissioner earlier, he told us that they did not have the funds to conduct an inauguration for the fish market, which was the reason for the delay,” one of the protesters said.

Since the Municipality was short of funds, the group thought they would ask for contributions from people and hand over the money to the Municipality.

They managed to collect a grand total of Rs. 170 before being carted off by the police. On Monday, they would send a demand draft for that amount to the municipality, the protester said.

The Gingee Salai fish market has been a bone of contention for several months. Earlier, the municipality said the fish market had not been handed over by the Project Implementation Agency, which was the reason for the delay in opening. Over a month after the PIA handed over the building, there are still no signs of opening, which is the reason for the protest, the protester said.

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