As soon as news of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s demise flashed on TV, officegoers called it a day, while shops, malls, and theatres shut down. This general shut down is likely to continue on Sunday too.
- Theatres, malls shut
- State cancels all exams held on Sunday
- Taxis will not ply
- Automen to decide depending on situation
- Additional BEST buses to Shivaji Park
- Railways cancel megablock on all three lines
- Shiv Sena will not stop supply of essential commodities like milk, vegetables and fuel
The state has cancelled all exams due on Sunday, saying an alternative date would be announced soon. Theatre owners have announced that they will be shut on Sunday as a mark of respect for Thackeray. Shops too are expected to stay shut fearing that they may be targeted by Shiv Sena workers.
Taximen's union leader Anthony Quadros told DNA that no taxi would ply the streets on Sunday. The autorickshaw unions appear divided, with 10,000 autos likely to stay off the roads. The number is expected increase later.
The BEST announced it would run special bus services from various parts of the city to Shivaji Park, where people can pay last respects to Thackeray. The railways too announced that it was cancelling its mega blocks on Sunday and running normal services to allow people to get to Shivaji Park.
While entertainment centres and shops are expected to stay shut on Sunday, some medical shops may defy the situation and stay open, as many did on Saturday evening despite facing threats. At some places, people on the bike were seen forcefully shutting shops and stopping vehicles. However, in most of the areas, people seemed to have voluntarily shut shop to avoid any confrontation.
In the by-lanes of Bhindi Bazaar, where Mohurrum is observed, the crowd was marginally less, said people who belong to the area. “Due to Mohurrum there are more people on the road. But the crowds are closer to the sabeels or where the sermons are held. But the affect this side is not as much,” said Miraj Mirza, who had put up a temporary drinking water facility at Imambada.
Railway officials said the situation on Saturday was peaceful, except for a stray incident of stone-pelting at a train at Govandi. However Railway Protection Force officials said that it held up trains for around 10 minutes, and said that they had cancelled the megablock on Sunday.