A group of traders at Samayapuram observed a fast on Wednesday opposing installation of temporary barricades along the ‘Sannidhi veedhi’ in Samayapuram leading to the famous Arulmigu Mariamman temple.

The barricades on the centre of the street were put up by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments authorities a couple of months ago to regulate the movement of devotees thronging the temple on important days as well as on Sundays via Sannidhi veedhi. The temple attracts devotees not only from all over the State but also those from abroad.

The idea behind installing the barricades was to put in place a system whereby public could proceed to the temple by one side and exit through the other through the street without having to jostle with each other for space. It was also aimed at averting stampede and preventing offences such as chain snatchings. The portable barricades were put up on important days.

However, the move has met with opposition from the shopkeepers who say that it would affect their regular business.