Mumbai, August 9: Mumbai is set to witness a massive protest rally organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha on Wednesday. Over 5 lakh people from the Maratha community are expected to join the rally demanding reservation for Marathas in state-run educational institutions and government jobs. The rally is set to begin at 11 am and go on till 5 pm today. Traffic is expected to be disrupted through the day following the massive morcha.
The schools in the city have been shut for Wednesday while those in the suburbs will remain open during the day. The Mumbai dabbawalas have also called for an off today to support the Maratha Kranti Morcha. Meanwhile, with people expected to join the morcha from nearby areas, heavy rush is also expected on the local trains on all three lines – Central, Western and Harbour.
The Mumbai Police has also issued a traffic advisory for Mumbaikars to ensure smooth traffic movement. The protest will start at 11 am from the Jijamata Udyan, Byculla and end at Azad Maidan at around 5 pm. The protesters will assemble at Jijamata Udyan and will walk on Dr BA Road, JJ Road southbound carriageway and take a U-turn at CSMT to go to Azad Maidan.
The Southbound carriageway of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar road between Dadar fire brigade junction to the foot of the J.J Flyover will be closed to all traffic (except for fire brigade, ambulance, police, and emergency vehicles.) Both carriageways on J. J road will remain closed for all traffic till Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal (CSMT). Both the carriageways of Hazarimal Somani Marg between OCS junction and CSMT junction will remain closed for traffic. Both the carriageway of Mahapalika Marg between MEtro junction and CSTM will remain closed for traffic. The right turn for Bhatia baug will be prohibited. Traffic will not be allowed to go from Carnac Bunder Junction towards Carnac Bunder. (Read the detailed traffic advisory here)
The Maratha Kranti Morcha began as a silent protest against the rape and murder of a minor school girl from Kopardi, Ahmednagar in 2016. (Here’s more about Maratha Kranti Morcha) It then turned into massive protests with more demands including quotas for Marathas in state-run educational institutions and government jobs, minimum support price for farm produce, and amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.