Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Sunday said that the party has not called any bandh in Maharashtra on Monday in lieu of Bal Thackeray's demise. Uddhav Thackeray's personal secretary Milind Narvekar said that Shiv Sena has not called a bandh either in Maharashtra or in Mumbai on Monday.
However, Federation of Associations of Maharashtra (FAM) called upon its constituents and the trading community to observe a bandh in Maharashtra on Monday as a mark of respect to the Shiv Sena supremo. 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.
While Navi Mumbai fruits and vegetables wholesale traders and few other wholesalers have called a bandh on Monday, retailers will remain open. Even on Sunday, Mumbai had shut down to mourn the death of the man who ruled it for 40 years. The roads to Matoshree in Bandra to Dadar in Central Mumbai were cleared off traffic. No taxis and autos plyed on the Mumbai roads on Sunday.
Except civic body's BEST buses and suburban railways, no transport was available for the commuters on Sunday. "BEST and suburban railways are running additional buses and trains for people's convenience," a railway official said. ...more
08:25 PM, Nov 18, 2012