Ponda and the surrounding industrial areas of Bethora, Kundai and Marcaim remained calm and incident free in spite of protests by workers at the industrial units in the area.
The Ponda police led by PI Harishchandra Madkaikar and his entire team at the Ponda police station maintained a tight bandobast and continuous patrolling the entire day, which ensured that there was no untoward incident in any of the industrial belts of Ponda or on city roads.
The nation-wide Bharat Bandh strike called by the All India Trade Unions against anti labour policy, inflation, GST etc., had received a good response from Industrial workers who protested and demanded the withdrawal of anti-labour policies of government, reports Herald.
There was hundred percent response from private passenger bus operators who remained off the road. The rickshaws and tourist taxis too remained off the road. Many shop owners supported the bandh by keeping their shops closed. Over all there was lukewarm response to the strike call from the public who preferred to stay home and the KTC bus stand and Old bus stand at Ponda wore a deserted look, throughout the day.
However the KTC buses provided services and ran a few services. The people were not inconvenienced as many of them preferred to use private vehicles to reach to their destinations. Government Offices were opened but there was very poor response from public. Schools and colleges too remained opened.
Except some industries the small scale units at the Industrial estates at Bethora, Kundaim and Marcaim remained closed and workers took out protest rallies in the Industrial estates. Some Banks were seen open and operating their business with very few customers while some Banks remained closed.