Puducherry, Feb 20 (PTI) Normal life was affected in Puducherry today with shops downing shutters in response to a bandh call given by Puducherry Traders Federation demanding the withdrawl of hike in property taxes on business establishments and the levy of ‘garbage clearing’ tax. Also Read - Pakistan PM Imran Khan To Take Vote of Confidence From The Assembly after Facing Defeat in Senate Elections

Shopping centres in and around the town wore a deserted look with shops remaining closed. Also Read - Budget session of Mizoram Assembly from March 12

Cinema houses also suspended their shows to extend support to the stir. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi treks Tirumala hills, prays at Lord Balaji temple

Secretary of the Federation S Balou told PTI that the territorial government had hiked the property tax and imposed levy for garbage clearing without consulting the traders and business community.

He said the government should come out with a notification rescinding the hike as mere announcement by the Local Administration Minister that the increase in property tax and the garbage clearing tax by municipalities had been held in abeyance would not be enough.

Noting that the business community was bearing the brunt of Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation, Balou said, “The present hike in property taxes adds insult to injury and hence should be revoked.”

The 24-hour-long bandh which began at 6 AM today would end at 6 AM tomorrow, the Federation secretary said.

He said the agitation was observed in outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam also.

Police were deployed at vantage points to prevent any untoward incidents.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.