Pothys Textiles’ license in Thiruvananthapuram was revoked by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation on August 4, Wednesday, after it was allegedly found to be in violation of the state’s COVID-19 standard. On August 3, the corporation’s police and health departments discovered that people were accessing an outlet via a backdoor staff entry and making purchases after closing the front door. Textile stores were only permitted to open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. However, After a new government directive on August 4, all shops were allowed to open six days a week. Prior to the new ruling, action was taken against the textile outlet.
According to the notice, the corporation took action against the textile store based on Section 447 of the Kerala Municipality Act, the Kerala Epidemic Disease Ordinance, and directions from disaster management authorities. This isn’t the first time the corporation has taken action against Pothys for breaking the rules. Previously, action was taken against the Pothys hypermarket, which is located on the ground level of the Pothys shopping complex. The first, second, and third floors are dedicated to textiles.
In July 2020, the corporation revoked the licenses of retail centers Pothys and Ramachandran’s for allowing crowds, resulting in the coronavirus infecting a large number of its staff. Despite the fact that Pothys provides disposable hand gloves and does a temperature check before a consumer enters the store, there have been numerous complaints about physical distance not being maintained within the store.
Pothys hypermarket introduced a large discount on veggies a few months ago, which caused consumers to hurry to the store. Authorities issued a warning after a video of the crowd circulated on social media, and the discount was banned as a result. Pothys is a multi-story commercial complex near Thiruvananthapuram’s Ayurveda college intersection that includes a hypermarket, textile store, and homeware departments. It is one of the city’s busiest shopping districts.