Normal life was affected in Orissa on Wednesday as markets and business establishments remained closed and many vehicles went off the roads during the 24-hour strike called by Left trade unions against price rise.
In the state capital, main market places, business establishments, oil filling stations and banks remained closed and vehicular movement in the city was restricted with buses and trucks deciding not to ply, police said.
However, most schools, colleges and educational institutions functioned normally, while elaborate security arrangements were made to prevent any untoward incident during the strike, supported by Left parties like CPI and CPI-M.
Activists of Left parties and trade unions blocked traffic in some areas by erecting barricades and burning tyres, besides picketing at several places in a bid to enforce the shut-down.
In neighbouring Cuttack city life was virtually normal though work was affected at the Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) as trade union activists picketed near its gates preventing employees from entering the premises.
The strike had little impact in the steel city of Rourkela though buses and trucks were off the roads. Work remained unaffected in Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) as employees had entered the plant early in the morning, RSP sources said.
In Berhampur, offices of BSNL, post offices, banks and most schools remained closed, while train services were unaffected, sources said.
A report from Sambalpur said Left workers staged road blockade at some places affecting vehicular movement, while shops were open except the main market.