No bandh in Mumbai today; autos, taxis operating

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 03:47 hrs

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena clarified on Sunday that it hasn't called for a bandh. "The shutdown call is purely voluntary. We have not called for any kind of shutdown," party spokesperson Anil Parab said.

Most others shops and establishments are likely to function normally today. Some schools in the city, however, have decided to extend their Diwali break for another day and will remain closed.

As Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's body was consigned to flames at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai on Sunday, the city wore a deserted look with most public transport staying off the roads.

The Taxi Union had declared that cabs will run only if there is calm in the city today. But they changed their decision soon after.

Meanwhile, buses run by BEST will maintain their regular schedule today; the transport service had arranged for extra buses yesterday to facilitate for people to travel to Shivaji Park to pay their last respects to Thackeray.

Trains too will run normally.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Associations of Maharashtra have 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.

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