Hunger strike launched in Tirupur

Coimbatore
19 Feb 2017

Nearly 1,000 people today sat on a hunger strike in nearby Tirupur district, seeking the implementation of long-pending Avanashi-Athikadavu project.
Tamil Nadu government had last year announced that administrative sanction for Rs 3.27 crore has been granted to take up the work for the project.
However, in view of the failure to start work on the project even a year after the announcement, the organising committee decided to observe indefinite fast and nearly 1,000 people including 100 women sat under a specially erected pandal in Avanashi, some 35 kms from here. Several people gathered in and around the venue, to express their solidarity with the agitators, police sources said.
This could be the first litmus test for the newly sworn in government, from whom the agitators are anticipating an immediate response, a committee member said. Depending on the response, the committee will decide whether to continue the agitation, he added. (PTI)