BY Smitha N | Deccan Chronicle | Jan 5, 2018
Kochi: The Kochi-based think-tank, Centre for Public Policy Research, will submit a proposal to the state government seeking steps to amend the laws to promote night shopping, especially in cities like Kochi.
According to a study conducted by the agency, it is the most appropriate time to introduce night shopping in Kochi with the commissioning of Metro and other urban transport initiatives.
“The CPPR has been conducting a study on the prospects of night shopping in major commercial centres in the state. The state government has requested us to provide support in making necessary amendments in the Model Shops and Establishments Act to suit the situation in Kerala. The draft proposal will be submitted to the state labour secretary,” said Mr D. Dhanuraj, chairman of CPPR.
With the launch of Kochi Metro services and the KMRL’s beautification project, night shopping can be introduced on MG Road, which will facilitate ease of doing business for commercial firms and help in branding cities. Night shopping can also be introduced in the recently renovated Sweet Meat street (Mittayi Theruvu), he added.
Accessibility is a major prerequisite for 24/7 operation. Availability of urban space in the form of pedestrian and cycle paths is another important element of physical infrastructure for fashioning the 24/7 environment. These are possible on MG Road, according to the study report of CPPR prepared by Sara John, project associate.
This report was first published in Deccan Chronicle on January 5, 2018. Click here to read: Public Policy Research moots night shopping