Maharashtra Bandh: Bus Services Affected in Mumbai and Neighbouring Areas

Maharashtra bandh: Bus services were affected in Mumbai and neighbouring areas on Monday and most of the shops.

Commercial establishments remained closed in the wake of the bandh called across Maharashtra

As buses of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) and many of the traditional ‘black-yellow cabs’ remained off roads.

There were huge crowds on suburban railway stations to commute by local trains, which were running as per schedule.

The three ruling allies – Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, have appealed to people to wholeheartedly support the bandh, which began at midnight, to express their solidarity with farmers.

In the morning, shops and other commercial establishments, barring those engaged in selling essential items, remained closed in Mumbai.

While the BEST bus services were affected in the wake of the bandh, the local trains, considered as the lifeline of Mumbai, were operating normally, but running packed as road commuters shifted to suburban rail services.

“Our services are running as per schedule,” Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer of the Central Railway, said.
Most of the black-yellow cabs and auto-rickshaws were off roads in the metropolis, as per transport union leaders. “The black-yellow taxis are operating, but their number is very less.

The taxi operations outside the city airport are unaffected,” said A L Quadros, general secretary of the Mumbai Taximens’ Union.

Officials of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) said their buses from Mumbai to other places were plying as per schedule and no untoward incident was reported anywhere.

The state BJP has warned the state government not to shut shops forcefully.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said his party will take part in “full force” in the bandh. “All the three parties will actively participate in the bandh. What happened in Lakhimpur Kheri was a murder of the Constitution, a violation of the law and a conspiracy to kill farmers of the country,” Mr Raut told reporters.

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