Odisha bandh: Impact of statewide agitation
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha bandh observed by the Congress today against the rising fuel prices primarily affected vehicular movement across the state as party workers resorted to road blockade.
Holding party flags and banners, the Congress workers blocked roads at various junctions disrupting vehicular movement. Vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the road at such places.
Emergency services including ambulance, vehicles carrying milk, media and examinees were exempted from the purview of the bandh.
Passengers at major bus stands in the state suffered as the Bus Owners’ Association had decided to suspend bus services from 6 AM to 1 PM. With no other option for travelling, they waited for resumption of bus services.
Movement of trains was temporarily affected as the party leaders and workers staged rail roko at various railway stations in the state. Passengers deboarding at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar waited at the airport as they couldn’t find taxi or auto-rickshaw for reaching their destination/house/hotel.
Most of the shops and business establishments remained closed during the bandh.
Many examinees faced inconvenience as they struggled to find means of transportation to reach their respective examination centres.
All Odisha government employees working in Bhubaneswar were advised by the Home Department to reach their respective offices by 9.30 am in view of the bandh.