The 24-hour all-India motor vehicle strike called by road transport unions against provisions in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill and the rise in petroleum products passed off peacefully in Kottayam district.
Bus services including that of the KSRTC remained off the road though private vehicles could be seen in large numbers.
Autorickshaws and taxis also kept off the road.
Skeletal staff in banks
chool and college students enjoyed an extra holiday and Mahatma Gandhi University postponed all examinations scheduled for the day. Banks and government offices functioned, but with skeletal staff. Many of the shops also remained closed though in rural areas the shops were open as usual.
Commuters who arrived at the Kottayam and Changanassery railway station received a helping hand from the police. According to the police, two vehicles were deployed at the Kottayam railway station and one at the Changanassery railway station on the directive of District Police Chief Hari Sankar.
Police vehicles carried people to the KSRTC stand and also to the medical college hospital from the Kottayam railway station. The two vehicles operated circular services in Kottayam. In Changanassery, the police vehicles carried people from the railway station to the KSRTC bus station and back.
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