Mumbai back to work, stores could stay shut over Thackeray death

After being shut for almost two days following the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, most of the city was restored to normal.

FP Staff November 19, 2012 09:22:56 IST
Mumbai back to work, stores could stay shut over Thackeray death

A day after the funeral of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, the country's financial capital hesitantly returned to work on Monday, with some modes of public transport still not completely restored and stores being asked to stay shut in honour of the political leader.

Thackeray passed away on Saturday following which the city remained shut over the weekend, with only public modes of transport like buses and trains operational. Medical stores and hospitals were operational on Sunday.

While auto-rickshaws in some suburbs had not returned to the streets, taxis were largely operational throughout. Other public modes of transport like buses and trains remained operational and ran on schedule.

Petrol pumps and small stores had opened this morning after largely remaining shut since Saturday.

Mumbai back to work stores could stay shut over Thackeray death

An empty street in Mumbai after Thackeray on Sunday. PTI

All educational institutions, including schools and colleges, will also remain closed. Government and private offices as well as banks were operational.

Trade associations in Mumbai and Maharashtra have called for a voluntary shutdown today as a mark of respect for the Shiv Sena patriarch.

A statement by the Federation of Associations of Maharashtra (FAM) called upon the trading community to observe the shutdown and observe ‘Shraddhanjali Day’.

“The state of Maharashtra and the trading community has lost a true friend and a well-wisher. Balasaheb was a great son of the soil and a true nationalist who minced no words to express his views,” said FAM president Mohan Gurnani.

The retails and wholesale jewellery market – Zaveri Bazar – and all other jewellery units will also remain shut.

The Shiv Sena, however, denied having called a shutdown.

“The shutdown call is purely voluntary. We have not called for any kind of shutdown,” party spokesperson Anil Parab told IANS.

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