Ernakulam: Progressive Techies (a welfare organization of IT employees in Infopark) ,in the Thrikkakara area of Kerala, have come together to protest and organised a night march against the recent decision by the Thrikkakkara Municipal Corporation to ban night trading in the region. The decision to restrict nighttime operations of hotels in the area was made after a meeting involving the municipal council, police, and excise departments, where they discussed worries about drug sales increasing in late-night shops.
Thrikkakkara Infopark, is where numerous IT professionals work around the clock to keep the technology sector running. Many employees’ working night shifts rely on late-night food establishments and hotels. The ban on night trading has sparked concerns among these.
Progressives techies have expressed their disapproval of the decision. They contend that the ban on night trading adversely affects the livelihood of those who depend on late-night food establishments.
In response to the municipal council’s decision, Hotel owners in Thrikkakkara have gone to the High Court, saying that the new rule goes against a previous High Court decision. The hotel owners claim that the ban on night trading, which is implemented on a trial basis, is disruptive to their businesses and infringes on their rights.
As part of the trial period, night shops and establishments will remain closed from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. for the next six months.