Empty roads observed in Vishrantwadi (Pune) on Bharat Bandh

Over 80% shops closed in support of Bharat Bandh in Vishrantwadi, Pune

Vishrantiwadi (Pune): More than 80 percent of the shops including grocery, clothing, stationery, bakery, and more were closed between 11 am to 3 pm in Vishrantwadi, yesterday, the day when the country observed Bharat Bandh called by the farmer unions.

   Handcarts and local vendors also did not set up their stalls in the area in support of the farmer’s protest. Most of the shops which remained open were the medical stores in the area. Although the bandh was observed only till 3 pm, there were a few shops which remained closed the whole day.

  The roads of the entire area had less traffic and most of the vehicles on the road were two-wheelers and the Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) buses which were seen operating as regular.

Local farmer and vegetable vendor V. Langhote

 Local farmer and vegetable vendor V. Langhote, said that he supported the Bharat Bandh along with many farmers of the area, but would be selling vegetables for few hours in the day as he had fresh stock which needed to be sold.

Overall, the Vishrantwadi area observed a temporary standstill during the Bharat Bandh which showed that most of the people in that area are in support of the farmers and the ongoing protest.

The last all-India strike saw 20 crore people participate in a 48-hour nationwide strike to protest against the government’s alleged anti-worker policies on January 8 and 9, 2019.

Sherine Raj

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