Around 5,000 tourists were stranded at Matheran over the weekend when taxis suddenly went off the roads following the announcement of Bal Thackeray's demise on Saturday.
However, the Matheran-Neral Taxi union helped tourists get to Neral station by organised twelve small and large tempos to ferry them.
Mahesh Mirkute, president, Matheran-Neral Taxi Union leader, said, "Our taxi union voluntarily announced the bandh after we received news of Balasaheb's death. But, when we learnt that tourists were stranded at the hill station, we decided to help them.
The vehicles made around 20 rounds each to bring all tourist back to Neral railway station.
Even locals stranded at the station were ferried to and fro in these tempos.