A call given by the Nilgiris District Livelihood Rights Protection Forum to observe a 24-hour bandh from 6 a.m. on Monday in Gudalur and surroundings including Pandhalur, Cherambadi, Nelliyalam, Devala and Masinagudy has evoked a good response.
Practically all the traders downed their shutters and most of the roads wore a deserted look.
While autorickshaws, taxies and private vehicles were off the roads, government buses plied with less number of passengers.
Many of the private educational institutions remained closed. Security was also beefed up in the area. No untoward incidents were reported from any part of the Gudalur and Pandhalur Taluks.
Pointing out that the Karnataka government had declared the areas adjoining the Bandipur National Park as ecologically most sensitive, he said if it goes ahead with its decision to ban night traffic on the NH passing through Bandipur, it would severely hit the economy of not only Gudalur and Pandhalur Taluks but also the entire Nilgiris district since thousands of tourists entered Ooty through Gudalur.