They can conduct business from August 26 to September 9

While shoppers flock the streets of the city during Onam, so do hawkers, keen to make use of the burgeoning demand for textiles and other wares during the festive season. The Corporation is placing a few restrictions on them, by outlining specific areas where they can engage in business and requiring them to submit an application beforehand to the Corporation for approval.

The Palayam-Attakkulangara stretch and the Overbridge-Thampanoor road have been declared as zones where no temporary sellers are allowed.

Taking into account the rush during Onam, the Corporation has identified Central Theatre Road, Putharikandam Maidan and the Attakkulangara-Eenjakkal road as areas where hawkers are permitted.

The Corporation has started accepting applications from August 22 and it will go on till August 24. Along with an application letter, a copy of the Election Commission identification card and three passport-size photographs have to be submitted to the Corporation office.

Once a police verification is completed, permission will be granted to temporary sellers to conduct business from August 26 to September 9, the Corporation secretary said in a press release.

The Corporation release also stated that those found working without a permit and in the restricted areas will have to face legal action.