Hartal-like situation in many parts of State

The dawn-to-dusk motor vehicle strike called by trade unions on Friday to protest against the recent hike in petrol prices was total in the district. Private transport vehicles, except cars and two-wheelers, stayed off the road.

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operated a few services with police escort. There were not many passengers in these buses.

KSRTC did not operate the inter-State buses to Coimbatore and other destinations of Tamil Nadu from here.

Normal life hit

Special Correspondent writes from Kannur: The strike paralysed normal life in the district on Friday.

Roads here largely wore a deserted look as public transport vehicles, including Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses and private buses, autorickshaws, and taxi cars, were off the roads in response to the strike call to protest against the recent hike in petrol price.

Only a few two-wheelers and private cars were seen on the roads.

A hartal-like situation prevailed in the district as most shops here remained closed. Government offices and banks here functioned with skeletal staff.

The strike hit train passengers who alighted at the railway station here.

Trade union leaders took out a march here in the morning in support for the transport strike.

Near-total

Staff Reporter writes from Kasaragod: The strike was near-total in Kasaragod district.

Shops and commercial establishments remained closed. Banks registered poor business.

Public transport services were crippled. Only a few two-wheeler and four-wheelers were seen on the deserted roads.

People waited for hours at bus shelters hoping that private vehicle would relieve them from their misery. Train passengers who alighted at the railway station here were hit hard.

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