The nationwide bandh called by the Opposition NDA and the Left against the fuel price hike evoked a lukewarm response in Tamil Nadu on Monday.
Public transport, educational institutions, the banking sector and other business establishments functioned normally as the bandh, supported by the state's main opposition party AIADMK and its allies, did not affect normal life, police said.
Rail services were not affected till 0900 hours.
"All trains coming to the city were on time," railway sources said.
However, four Kolkata-bound flights were cancelled following the strike in Left-ruled West Bengal, airport sources said, adding flights to other cities remained unaffected.
Security has been stepped up at important places like railway stations, power units, high court premises and telephone exchanges, police said.
The state government has warned of stringent action against those indulging in violence and damaging public property.
District authorities said they have taken steps for smooth supply of commodities and maintenance of essential services.
Only a few shops were seen closed as traders' bodies have not supported the bandh. A section of autorickshaws, owing allegiance to some Left unions, kept off the roads.