KOCHI: The Kerala High Courton Tuesday ordered business establishments at the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium complex here to down shutters from September 25 till completion of the FIFAU-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 administration shall be entitled to close down the premises and the petitioners shall cooperate in the said exercise,” Justice K Vinod Chandran said.
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.In their petition, the business establishments had said the closure of the units will cause heavy financial liabilities to them.
If the GCDA is bent on implementing the direction, they should be adequately compensated, the petition had said.
As carried in TOI on 21/9/2017