Workers from the Nelliyalam municipality on Monday demanded that the district administration instruct the private contractor, who had hired them, to not lay them off.

According to the petition submitted during the weekly grievances day meeting, a section of the workers also demanded full-payment of their wages.

In another petition, members of the Ooty Cottages Association urged the District Collector to issue directions to the municipality to allow for the re-opening of 12 cottages that had been running illegally, which had been sealed and shutdown by the municipality.

The cottage owners claimed that the municipality had threatened to shutdown more cottages operating illegally in the coming days.

More than 165 petitions were submitted to the Collector during the weekly grievance meeting.

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