The vendors of the Chinna Mani Gundu Market here resorted to a road blockade after power supply on the premises of the market was cut by the Electricity Department for non-payment of dues by the Pondicherry Municipality.
Led by Inder Rao and Yesuraja, vendors of the market known as Janab H M Kassim Market, blocked the Bussy Street from 10.30 am. AIADMK legislator A Anbazhagan also joined the agitators, who raised slogans against the administration. The local MLA said the market has been without power for three days and the officials did not bother to pay the dues to the Electricity Department. Former MLA Bussy Anand also reached the spot.
Taffic on the Bussy Street was affected for more than half-an-hour following the protest. Police, led by inspector Viravallabane and municipal officials held talks with the agitators. The municipal officials assured them that they will talk to the electricity board authorities and the power supply will be restored, following which they withdrew the protest around 11.30 am. The market has nearly 150 traders and vendors selling fish, vegetables and fruits.
Women fish vendors told Express they were paying “adikasu” (rent for using the space inside market) promptly but that authorities did not bother about providing them even basic amenities. One of them said the power supply was cut for last three days and they were forced to sell fish in darkness. She said there was no check on if the electrical installations were working and the vendors have to shell out from their pockets to repair the connections.