The Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K) will hold an opinion poll among the people on allowing entry of vehicles to S.M. Street.
A decision to this effect was taken after talks between traders’ organisations and Mayor Thottathil Raveendran remained inconclusive.
A final decision will be taken after another round of discussions with traders on the survey report.
Entry of vehicles was restricted to the street soon after it was renovated last year. Traders claim it has led to a steep decline in business, and many employees have lost their jobs.
Traders are now of the view that the district administration’s proposal to revise restrictions on vehicle entry between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. was not practical as only small goods vehicles could be operated.
The authorities said permission would be mandatory for street vendors, and they could run business only in areas marked for them.
Mr. Raveendran clarified that there would be no ban on performance of artistes and singers on the street.
Small programmes could be held in the week-end without causing traffic issues.
Programmes could be held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Mayor urged traders to effectively make use of waste bins.
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