THOOTUKUDI: A happy faces and a secure time to small tea vendors and passengers who are at night time in the premises. A great relief of hoteliers and customers, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court has allowed hoteliers to keep restaurants open between 11pm and 4am going against the law and order problems that the district police had objected to.
The court order has come as a relief to hoteliers who wanted to operate restaurants late into the night, catering to the needs of labourers, tourists and devotees heading to the Tiruchendur Subramaniaswamy temple and other holy shrines.
There are at least 40.000 shops across the district, besides the 1,100 parotta stalls,functioning in Thootukudi town alone. The parotta stalls, also run in the name of night clubs, start business in the evenings.
It may be noted that police authorities had been forcing the traders and merchants to pull down their shutters as early as 10 pm across the district. Without any statutory provisions, the district police strictly ordered to close the business outlets during the festival seasons and order issues/ there were incidents of police trader clashes the implementation of the police order did not down well with the traders body.
Being an industrial town, hundreds of labourers and workers return home after night shift and they felt the need at least for a tea stall. Even bus passengers found it inconvenient to find all shops closed in the bus stand area during the nights.
Another issue was that with all the shops and commercial areas closed, the streets were pitching dark during the nights, causing challenges for road users. The streets were pitching dark during the nights, causing challenges for road users. It had led to rise in theft and robbery cases, with anti social elements taking full advantage of the dark. One more sore point for the passengers was that they could not use the toilets in bus stands, said sources.
Welcoming the court order, thoothukudi town hotel owner’s association president Senthil Arumugam said that the order was a great relief from the clutches of the police order for the hoteliers. It will also help passengers and people from other sections of society, he said.
In an order, Justice p Rajamanikam, observed that there was no rule to prevent the shopkeepers from operating their business in the night and that rules shall be framed.
Now, without stress, vendors can run their shops and it adds double security for girls as well as passengers who are travelling in night.