Flash strike affects people who came to temples on Vrishchikam one in Kollam.
Though there was normal traffic and plenty of business shops were open in early hours of saturday in Kollam, transport came to a standstill shortly throughout the dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Hindu Aikya Vedi on saturday.
KSRTC buses, taxis and autorickshaws stopped plying around 10 a.m., departure several stranded.
The KSRTC, that typically reduces the quantity of services from its depots on such things, determined to remain off the road. Passengers who reached the KSRTC stand in the morning were stuck as they might not continue their journey or come back home.
“We reached here around five a.m. to travel to Thiruvananthapuram and failed to realize the hartal,” aforesaid fictitious character, a traveller.
Saturday being Vrishchikam 1, many that were within the town for temple visits early within the morning had a tough time with most private buses suddenly stopping services. With nearly all restaurants and even tiny eateries Downing their shutters, it had been all the tougher for the stranded people.
A couple of incidents of hartal supporters obstruction vehicles were reported from Kottarakara and Keralapuram.
In Alappuzha district, the hartal was total with outlets and business institutions remaining shut. The attendance at government offices was significantly low. within the morning, hartal supporters blocked roads and conducted protest marches at several places. Both, the KSRTC and private buses stayed off road. Autorickshaws and taxis additionally joined the flash strike giving a harrowing time for commuters and tourists. The State Water Transport Department was forced to halt all services within the district following protests. In Alappuzha city, some private vehicles were out on the roads. The business sector was hit arduous by hartal. solely one or two of houseboats conducted services.
In Pathanamthitta district, hartal supporters staged protest marches at Pathanamthitta city, Kozhencherry, Thiruvalla, Adoor, Mallappally, Pandalam, Ranni, and Konni. outlets and business institutions, as well as banks, remained shut. The KSRTC operated solely Sabarimala special services from its depots. personal buses kept off the road.