Mumbai: Amidst Bharat Bandh, local trains on all three lines- Western, Central and Harbour in Mumbai are running according to their normal timings and routes as no disruption has been reported for far. Further, no changes in timings and routes of B.E.S.T. buses has been witnessed. It must be noted that few private schools in Mumbai have declared holiday as a precautionary measure, although, colleges will remain open.
Meanwhile, auto Rickshaws and taxis are operating in limited numbers and private taxi service providers such as Ola/Uber have hiked their fares.
Also, people would not face any difficulty in buying their daily needs as general shops will remain open. Further, the wholesale vegetable market is also open as per their daily timings. However, few retail shops are reportedly shut. Emergency services such as hospitals and medicine won’t be affected either.
In the wake of Bharat Bandh, Bharatiya Janata Party’s disgruntled ally, Shiv Sena would not participate in the nationwide protest.
The Congress-led Opposition has called for a Bharat bandh on Monday to protest against the rising fuel price and the falling value of the rupee against the US dollar. The bandh would be observed across the country between 9 am and 3 pm as the Congress party ‘does not want to cause inconvenience to the common masses’.
20 Opposition parties including Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), DMK, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) backed the shutdown, the Left has also declared a nationwide hartal.
Following the shutdown, schools and colleges across Bengaluru and Odisha will remain shut as transport services may not be available between 9 AM and 3 PM. All the schools which will be closed today will have a full-day class on September 15. Meanwhile, exams scheduled for September 10 are likely to be postponed due to Bharat Bandh.