Partial impact of trade union strike in Odisha

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 07:53 hrs

Bhubaneswar: Normal life was partially affected in several parts of Odisha today on the last day of the two-day nation-wide strike called by central trade unions.

People faced difficulties in commuting as buses, taxis auto-rickshaws remained off the roads, leaving a large number of passengers, including women and children, stranded at different places.

In the state capital here, some three-wheelers were seen plying in many areas since this morning, giving respite to the commuters who had a tough time travelling yesterday.

Shops, markets, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed, while eating joints and kiosks were found open today. Small traders and retailers also resumed their business operations, official sources said.

Banks remained closed with employees picketing and demonstrating at different places, while most educational institutions, including schools, were open.

Train services were disrupted by protesters blocking tracks at many places including Bhubaneswar, besides at Cuttack, Balasore, Khurda Road, Berhampur and Sambalpur, railway sources said.

A report from the port town of Paradip said that loading, unloading and other operations in the port were normal since this morning.

The strike was peaceful so far with police deployed at important places in an effort to prevent any untoward incident.

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