Merchants and traders' organisations and public in the Malabar area were planning agitations over the ban on night traffic on the Muthanga-Gundlupet road (NH 212).
The ban ordered by the Karnataka High Court was been implemented in phases, it is learnt that the vehicles will be stopped on the route from 1 a.m. on Tuesday. Nearly 40 buses including 15 luxury buses operate services from Kozhikode to Bangalore were continuing their service, but could stop their services once the ban was effected.
Kerala Vyapara Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi will block the road at Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad district on August 24 as part of token stir. Meanwhile, Action committee against the ban on night traffic on the route will hold a mass dharna in Mananchira in Kozhikode city on Tuesday afternoon.
The public were worried that the ban on night traffic will affect the movement of goods from Bangalore to Malabar area. This could spiral up the prices of essential items, vegetables and fruits during the ensuing Onam and Ramzan seasons. Most of these items come through the Gundlupet road.