One of the popular movie theatres of Kochites is facing legal setback as a High Court Division Bench has upheld the District Collector’s order to close down Cinepolis multiplex operating on the sixth floor of Central Square mall. The multiplex has been operating in the building for the past two years.
The Central Square mall, one of the most loved hangout destinations of Kochites, was in a legal battle with the Fire and Rescue Services Department as the latter declined to provide the theatre the no-objection certificate (NOC) because it was functioning violating the National Building Code (NBC) and Kerala Municipality Building Rules. The NBC states that assembly units such as cinemas and auditoria cannot be allowed above the height of 30 metre.
The Cinepolis was above the permitted 30 metre and it is informed that when the mall administration approached the Fire and Rescue Services Department, it was denied NOC on the grounds of this clear violation of rules. According to the Fire and Rescue Services officials, the mall, by influencing the Corporation authorities, secured a stay against the Department’s objection.