Mumbai Farmers’ Protest: No Traffic Diversion or Road Closure Due to Kisan Long Morcha, says Mumbai Police
On account of the Kisan Long Morcha or Farmers' protest in Mumbai today, certain traffic arrangements may need to be made but for now, there are no changes according to Mumbai Police.
| Published: March 12, 2018 8:15 AM IST
Published: March 12, 2018 8:15 AM IST | Updated: March 12, 2018 8:15 AM IST
Over 35,000 farmers started walking from Nashik on March 6 in order to cover 180 km on foot and reach Mumbai. The aim is to lay siege to the legislature by protesting outside Mumbai’s Vidhan Sabha. And today is the day when the Long March in Mumbai is being held. The protests have come to life with a massive sea of farmers dressed in red. The march is being organized by the Communist Party of India – Marxist’s farmers body, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), and has garnered support from other parties like Shiv Sena, MNS, CPI, AAP and the Swaraj Abhiyaan. The farmers’ demands include a complete loan waiver, fair price for farm produce, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, and compensation for hailstorm-affected farmers among other things. As per latest reports, close to 55,000 farmers are participating in the protest in Mumbai.
As one would expect, this could be a disaster for traffic control in the city. However, the Mumbai Police has announced that there will be no road closure or diversion on account of the Long Morcha. Here is a tweet by the Mumbai Police posted a few hours ago.
Still, SSC students are advised to reach their centres early on account of any possible traffic congestion. People are better off avoiding the route of the Long March (eastern express highway primarily) and using alternate routes like Sion-Panvel highway, LBS marg and Thane-Belapur road. Also, keep an eye on Twitter, media and radio broadcasts for regular updates.