Traders downed shutters and observed a day-long fast against Tirupur Corporation’s proposal to demolish over 400 shops in a market and build a commercial complex under Smart City project.
The traders claimed that their livelihood would be lost, if the civic body goes ahead with its plan to demolish the shops in the market. They raised apprehension that the corporation would not allot them shops in the commercial complex.
“It may become a challenge for us to get shops as only influential persons will be allotted there in the complex. Most of us are smallscale traders. We buy vegetables from different places and sell them here at a considerably low price. The civic body should find some other alternative location to build the complex and leave us undisturbed,” said a protester.
Former president of the market trader’s welfare association Thangamuthu said that they have been doing business in the market for over 43 years. “More than 1,000 families rely on this market for their livelihood and mostly women are into selling vegetables,” he said.
Instead of demolishing the shops, the traders suggested that the Corporation could provide better facilities and even hike the rental for the shops. Due to the protest, the public, who came to the market returned disappointed unable to make their purchase.