Hartal cripples normal life across Kerala

With banks functioning smoothly, only some of the districts have seen a complete shutdown, however, no untoward incident has been reported so far. The hartal did not have any impact on the flow of pilgrims to Sabarimala temple.

KOCHI: With no untoward incident reported anywhere, the dawn to dusk hartal called by the ruling LDF front against the demonetisation impact on co-operative sector is near total except at Sabarimala, Erumeli, Chengannur, Guruvayoor and IT hub in the city in the first five hours. The banks are functioning normally with a fairly good customer participation. Meanwhile, the shops and hotels remained closed in the commercial capital. While the private bus and taxis remained off the road, the two-wheelers and private vehicles could be seen on the city roads. KSRTC which abstained from regular services operated buses to Sabarimala. LDF activists held a protest march from Ernakulam town hall to High Court junction.

PATHANAMTHITTA: Hartal did not have any impact on the flow of pilgrims to Sabarimala as long queues were seen for darsan at Sopanam and on the trekking path. Inter-state KSRTC buses to Chennai, Palani and Coimbatore are functioning normally. Barring Ranni taluk, where the hartal was exempted by the organisers, the hartal has largely taken a toll on the daily routine of the people in the district, as public transport remained at standstill.

KOTTAYAM: Hartal has not affected Erumeli, one of major centres of Sabarimala pilgrims. According to district transport officer (DTO) Jacob Mathew, 27 schedules were operated to Erumeli and Pampa till 9.30 AM. Since railways started special trains for Sabarimala pilgrims, the rush was comparatively high on Monday morning, he said. At the same time KSRTC did not operate its routine services, owing to non-availability of employees. Barring the abstinence of private buses, the temple town of Erumeli remained unaffected. Shops remained open and the town witnessed a slight increase in the number of pilgrims.

THRISSUR: This is the second hartal in the district in the last three days. Congress had observed a hartal on Saturday here as a protest against lathicharge on its workers. Life is normal in areas near Guruvayoor temple, which are exempted from the hartal. KASARGOD: The shops were shut in town and commercial and passenger vehicle stayed off the roads. It is business as usual for shops in interiors and gully roads. Schools and colleges remained shut and attendance in the civil station is thin. No untoward incident have been reported so far.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Police have deployed vehicles at the Central railway station to take patients and bystanders to the medical college campus as autorickshaws and taxi cabs remained off the road. They have also arranged for transportation from the international airport. City police commissioner R Sparjan Kumar said office-goers and tourists who face difficulties can contact the forces for help. KOLLAM: Inconvenience caused to passengers at railway stations and bus stations as auto-rickshaws and taxi cabs remained off the road.

KANNUR: The attendance remained thin at government offices with very few employees turning up for duty made the hartal complete in the district. Those who turned up at the bus stand expecting vehicles and buses were disappointed. Party men across the district carried out procession march in support of the hartal.

PALAKKAD: The Walayar check-post wore a deserted look as the goods and container vehicles discontinued services. Though Sabarimala pilgrims were exempted from the strike, only a few vehicles were seen on the Palakkad–Thrissur highway.

SOURCEThe New Indian Express