KOZHIKODE: The review meeting on the SM Street renovation and ban on vehicles through the street, held at collector’s chamber on Friday in the presence of mayor Thottathil Raveendran, ministers T.P. Ramakrishnan, A.K. Saseendran, legislative members from the district, has decided to allow vehicular movement from Palayam to the ‘Land World Centre’ through MP road to facilitate parking of more vehicles. The meeting also decided to impose strict restrictions for parking at Thaj Road and Court Road.
The decision to allow vehicular movement to Land World was taken after complaints on lack of parking space from traders in a meeting held to assess the impact of the two month old traffic ban. The building complex has sufficient parking space which will be helpful for public, district collector U.V. Jose said explaining the decisions. It will also help the traders to transport goods to business establishments, it was pointed out.
Moreover, there would be a relaxation for traffic rules between 2 pm to 3 pm at SM Street when autorikshas will be allowed through the street allowing traders and customers to transport goods. The vehicles will be given unique identification number. The barricades at Thaj Road and Court Road preventing pedestrians from entering the road also would be removed.
To reduce the excessive mob at the entrance of the SM Street when there are programmes at SK Square, the meeting decided to impose restrictions for conducting programmes. Prior permission of corporation is mandatory for conducting programmes in future at SK Square. Corporation would also appoint a ‘street manager’ at the junction near ‘SK Square’ to controle the mob. The meeting also directed police to take strict measures to avoid autorikshaws blocking road at the spot. Legislative members A Pradeep Kumar and M.K. Muneer also participated in the meeting. The ministers, MLAs also visited the SM Street after the meeting along with collector U.V. Jose and members of traders’ organisations.