Transport and trade union on Friday observed a “Bharat Bandh” or countrywide shutdown to protest the rising fuel prices and “draconian” amendments to Goods and Services Tax rules, PTI reported.
The Confederation of All India Traders had said that 40,000 traders associations would back the protest call at 1,500 places across the country. All India Transporters Welfare Association also said that it will observe a “chakka jam” or road blockade.
Various markets in the Capital remained open during the bandh, with many saying that despite supporting the cause, they did not want to suffer another day of losses. The protest was not enforced at Connaught Place market, reported PTI. Businesses were unaffected in Punjab and Haryana as shop owners voiced their support for the cause, but added that they could not afford to down shutters.
Visuals from West Bengal’s Birbhum district showed shuttered shops and empty markets.
Road transport services were also affected in some places. In Bhubaneswar, fewer vehicles were seen plying on the roads.