Kerala HC oto down shutters from September 25 till completion of the FIFA U-17 cup

Vastavam web: The Kerala High Court today ordered business establishments at the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium complex here to down shutters from September 25 till completion of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October.The court also directed the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) to deposit Rs 25 lakh with the Ernakulam district collector within a week for compensating the loss due to the exercise.The court gave the order on a plea by business establishments challenging a notice issued by the GCDA directing that the units inside the stadium complex be closed for the specific period for smooth conduct of the FIFA U-17 World Cup football tournament in October.
The petitioners had sought adequate compensation in case their establishments are shut.The GCDA, which owns the stadium, had submitted that it was in fact only a temporary suspension of the right of the tenants to use the premises.The GCDA said more than 50,000 people are likely to assemble in the stadium to watch the football matches.”Functioning of shops/offices within the Jawaharlal Nehru International (JNI) stadium complex can cause hindrances to safety and the security arrangements to be facilitated,” the GCDA had said.