KOCHI: The state government submitted before the Kerala High Court it issued a notice to close down the shops only to enable the smooth conduct of the international sports event.Opposing the plea of the shop owners, the government submitted that more than 50,000 people are likely to assemble in the stadium and it was the responsibility of the district administration to ensure security to all.
The functioning of shops within the stadium complex can cause trouble. The operation of shops with power connection and storage and use of hazardous materials, inflammable or otherwise, pose a serious risk to the security of the event. It had been decided to waive off the rent for the shops during the period as a matter of good gesture.
According to the government, the very purpose of establishing and constructing the stadium is to conduct international sports events and any disturbance ought not be permitted. The international event that is being conducted is expected to provide new vigour and enthusiasm to the state, the government said.
'consider shop owners' woes'
l When the petition filed by the shop owners came for hearing on Friday, the Kerala High Court orally observed the authorities should also consider the woes of the shop owners. The court asked for a solution to be found for the issue. The court will consider the case on Saturday.l A P M Mohammed Hanish, the state government’s nodal officer for the World Cup matches told Express the main stadium and training venue will be handed over to FIFA on September 18 or 21.