Mixed response to bandh call in Tamil Nadu
” Our daily routine business is affected. The stock in our cold storage cannot be dispatched to the market since the retail shops are closed today. Another issue is, the vegetables suppose to reach at our godown today will be coming only tomorrow. So there will have excessive vegetables in the stock and also in the market. Therefore, the prices of vegetables will fall down tomorrow. Because the demand will be same as usual but supply will be less. We have made the payments to the source side in advance ” said Saran to Narada News. He is the proprietor of Sri Raja Rajeswara Enterprises, Koyambedu market, who does a major business of exotic vegetables in Chennai.
” We are a group of 120 farmers and having 30 acres of vegetable farming. We are highly dependent on Koyambedu market. I am struck in my supply today because there is no demand from the market. ” said B. Ganesh, a farmer and also a trader from Thuneri, Ootty.
The state wide shutdown declared by the traders, opposition parties and some farmers group is getting a rather mixed response in Tamil Nadu. The bandh is mainly reflecting only in the urban life of the state. Government offices are open and public transport is functioning. The taxi unions affiliated to opposition parties are away from the road. Many of the schools and colleges in Chennai remained closed . Although the main market in Koyambedu remained closed, many shops in other parts of the city remained open .
The film fraternity of the state always have responded to the Cauvery issue. Many artists have positively reacted to the protest. All the theaters in the city will remain closed till 6p.m today.
The IT sector and the larger commercial establishments in the city are working. A 21 year old activist from Nam Tamilar Katchi set fire to himself in their protest in Chennai on Thursday. He did this when his party taken out a procession to protest against the attacks on Tamils in Karnataka and upholding the rights in Cauvery water.