Udhagamandalam: Shops and commercial
establishments in Gudalur Assembly constituency in Nilgiris
district downed shutters on Monday, while road transport, barring
public transport, remained off the road as part of a 24-hour
bandh in protest against the move by Karnataka government to
stop night travel on a 20 km stretch on NH 67 in order to
Responding to the call given by all major political parties
and some NGOs, traders closed shops from 6.00 am in Gudalur,
Pandalur, Devala and Nadugani and private vehicles stopped
plying, leading to a deserted look in the entire area.
Attendance was nil in schools, but government and
Inter-State buses were plying as usual and some government
offices were also functioning, police said.
Citing injuries to wildlife due to movement of vehicles in
the night hours, Karnataka government had decided to close the
highway from 6.00 pm to 6.00 am on a 20 km stretch from Kamnahalli
in that state to Kakkanallla in Tamil Nadu.
The move attracted protest from the traders and other
business establishments in the Gudalur Assembly constituency,
who contended the decision would have adverse affect on
Gudalur`s economy, affecting business and livelihood of
thousands of people.
The 24-hour bandh was organised by the Nilgiris People
Protection Committee, which urged the Karnataka government to
withdraw its order in this regard, considering the livelihood
of many in these areas.