Madurai (Agencies): The Madurai bench of Madras High Court has suggested that District Collectors frame rules on venue and time for public meetings and other such events.

Disposing a petition by a traders' association at Tuticorin, Justice K K Sasidharan, said the state government cannot remain silent when public meetings and dharnas are held in daytime in the heart of the town, causing difficulties to the public.

The Association- Tuticorin First Gate Gandhi Statue Vattara Viabarigal Sangam had filed the petition, praying that the court restrain police from granting permission to politicians and others to conduct public meetings and dharnas near the statue Junction and first Railway crossing gate in the town.

Granting such pemission led to traffic jams in the area, they contended.

The Judge said Tuticorin is admittedly an Industrial town with a port with many industries in the municipal area.

Therefore a large number of vehicles pass through the town, where the Gandhi statue junction is very important area.

He directed the Tuticorin District Collector to frame guidelines in three months for permitting such meetings in consultation with the Superintendent of Police. The officials could receive suggestions from the public and Political parties, he said.