Streets show no bandh effect on Day 1
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Nationalised banks, government offices and hospitals affected.
The first day of the two-day bandh called by central trade unions had no visible effect on Pune streets. Barring nationalised banks, government offices and hospitals, everything went on as usual. Most of the nationalised banks remained shut, and there was sparse attendance at government offices and hospitals.
Shops and public transport remained unaffected. Autorickshaws ran until afternoon and as announced on Tuesday kept off the roads only for four hours, as a token support for the strike.
Advocate Vishal Jadhav, office bearer of CITU, however, claimed the strike was a "90 per cent success" with employees of majority of the banks, industrial estates, and post offices going on strike.
Malls, multiplexes, shops, markets and other commercial establishments were open, with people conducting business as usual. Sourabh Kumar, a software professional from Kharadi, stated it was a usual day for him and he had no inkling of any bandh. "Vehicles were running and I did not know if any bandh was called," he said.
Laxmi Road, Marketyard and other commercial hubs were open although a few shops were shut. Buses of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) ran as usual. Vijaykumar Diwate, depot manager of the State Transport (ST)' Swargate Depot claimed the bandh had no effect on services of the transport body. "However, the commuter crowd was thin as many people thought the bandh would have a crippling effect on the city," he said.
Employees of nationalised banks assembled in large numbers before Lok Mangal, Bank of Maharashtra, as announced earlier. Members of the banking employees union said there was 100 per cent response to the bandh call and all employees stayed away from work. "We had nine bank unions participating,'' said Prakash Deshpande of a union. Similar was the response from government employees. O Pacharne of an employee association said all class-III and class-IV employees stayed away from work.