Mumbai: It is a day after Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray's cremation and his city, Mumbai is limping back to normalcy albeit with a few hurdles. While Zaveri Bazar has decided to stay shut, most markets and offices are open for business.
The school bus owners' association too has decided not to operate on Monday. The move, however, will affect only a few schools as a majority are shut for Diwali vacations. Taxis, autos and public buses are back on the roads, providing commuters much relief.
The Shiv Sena had on Sunday rejected calls for a statewide bandh as a mark of respect for the party supremo, who died following a cardiac arrest on Saturday afternoon. However, Federation of Associations of Maharashtra (FAM) called upon its constituents and the trading community to observe a bandh in Maharashtra on Monday.
In a statement, FAM appealed to all its constituents to observe Monday as the 'Shradhanjali Day'. Various organisations of traders and dealers are affiliated to FAM, including Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) and markets dealing in grains, sugar, dry fruits, metal, iron and steel and chemicals.
(With additional inputs from agencies)