After reports of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's critical condition, Mumbai had downed its shutters.
Fearing the worst after isolated incidents of violence last night, Mumbai prepared for the worst and shops in many areas did not open since morning. Trains remained largely empty as many office goers could not make it to the train stations as other modes of public transport chose to stay off the roads. Auto rickshaws in the suburbs and taxis in the island city preferred to stay off the road as they assessed the situation.
We tweeted asking our followers to tell us their location and if shops/taxis in their area are functioning. These are their responses:
@shubHASHISH: PB Marg, Worli. All shops are shut.
@calamur: #JBNagar, Andheri (E) - ricks, buses, cabs plying. all shops but pharmacies shut
@purav31: #JBNagar - auto/bus running fine. Most shops shut.
@jitendra_soni14: No autos running in Vile Parle.....All say out of gas as CNG stations r shut...!!!!
@mayuraamarkant: Malad west(chincholi bunder) all is fine here. Roads r quiet but transport is normal
@Krupakar_m Malad(W). Transport Normal. some shops shut, largely open.
@orangengreeny lower parel... Few taxi, but buses n train functioning properly
@chhavi prabhadevi - only 1 shop open. few taxis.
@joannedsouza: Dadar (West): Very few taxis plying, almost all shutters down (including banks that were shut since early afternoon).
@kishoretb all shops in Mahim closed barring a few
@nandtara: Colaba PO Sainiks have come on mobikes and threatened all shops to close down
@firstpostin mumbai 400006.Walkeshwar, malabar hill, Nepean sea road, Shops open. Normal routine day so far
@suyashdongare87 #Mumbaikars Dombivli has rickshass operating But shops are shut...
@hamid_khan27 shops open here in vasai west...
@ShibaniGharat: In Bandra, all the shoes + clothes shops are open, but pharmacies, general stores; small eateries are shut
@aparnashenoy: khar west.cabs ricks buses plying, shops, restaurants, inclu roadside chaiwallahs shut
@sumants: Kurla/Chembur is semi-normal. Shops mostly open, autos/cabs suboptimal in number, but operating locally.
@theblacksuits: Kurla station and surrounding. Shops are open and autos are there. Reduction in the no of people. Harbour is also working fine.