The beefed-up security, barricaded roads and the shutdown of all shops and restaurants in Bandra’s Kalanagar area inconvenienced several neighbours of the ailing Shiv Sena chief on Thursday.
“The area was being guarded like a fortress by the police,” said Anushka Mohite, a Kalanagar resident, who addded, “Not many taxis and rickshaws were plying in the area. Unless one had a car, it was difficult to go anywhere."
The situation was compounded as several Shiv Sena supporters, well-wishers and celebrities came to express support for the Thackeray family throughout the day. A few traffic snarls were reported at the Kalanagar junction on Thursday morning. The situation was normal during the rest of the day, the traffic police said.
“Diversions were provided for motorists entering Kalanagar towards Matoshree. The VIPs and VVIPs who were coming to visit Thackeray were diverted to Matoshree from Madhusudhan Kalelkar Road in Bandra (East),” said a traffic official.
With the road leading to the Western Express Highway also being blocked, people living close to Matoshree chose to remain indoors. “We didn’t want to take a chance by venturing out,” said resident Vimala Seshadri.
With the festivities underway, residents found it difficult to purchase basic goods and groceries. “All the shops in the vicinity were shut. Even restaurants and shops located a few metres away from Kalanagar refused to deliver goods,” said another resident, who did not wish to be named.
The traffic movement at Kalanagar junction returned to normal by the evening, police said.