Users of ATMs and motorists feel the pinch

Normal life was paralysed on Thursday when bandh supporters enforced two-day-long nationwide strike called by Central trade unions.

Vehicles kept off the road while many educational institutes remained closed during the day. Transport sector was badly hit during first half of Thursday. Trains were controlled at many places where as public transport buses were stationed in bus terminals.

Addressing a joint press conference, leaders of Left parties, Samajwadi Party and Rastriya Janata Dal termed the success of bandh as unprecedented. They claimed about 10,000 bandh supporters were arrested in different parts of the State.

According to East Coast Railway, train services in Howrah-Chennai Main Line have been affected due to Bharat Bandh on the second day. “Most of the trains were controlled at different stations in East Coast Railway jurisdiction. About 16 mail express and eight local passenger trains have been affected for hours and controlled enroute at different stations,” ECoR said in a statement. Local passenger trains such as Cuttack-Bhadrak-Cuttack passenger and Cuttack-Paradeep-Cuttack passenger, Bhubaneswar-Khalikot-Bhubaneswar passenger and Puri-Khurda Road-Puri passenger were cancelled from both the direction.

Bank and insurance sectors was badly hit. At some places, ATM counters went out of cash leaving people high and dry.

Similarly, as the petrol stations remained closed for two days, bikers had a tough time arranging fuel.

By evening, normalcy returned as shops were opened and people started coming out to the streets. Situation was worse in industrial towns where contractual worker did not join their duty as part of the nation-wide bandh. Industrial production was affected.

  • Bank and insurance sectors badly hit

  • Train services in Howrah-Chennai main line affected