Update: Mumbai Bandh called off; Here's what happened through the day

State wise bandh has been called on Wednesday in regards to Bhima Koregaon protest in Mumbai. However, selected schools, University exams, government offices and ministry to function as normal and planned. School buses and Dabbawalas to not operate on Wednesday keeping the safety in mind.


The city observed violent protests today wherein many parts of Mumbai and Thane were affected by angry protesters who damaging buses, staged rail roko,  forcefully shut shops, blocked roads on Tuesday. The issue began between two groups eventually leading to the death of a youth in Pune. The groups had gathered together to mark the bicentenary celebrations to mark of a British-Peshwa war. Owing to the day-long protest, Dalit groups had called for a bandh across the state on Wednesday, in regards to the violence which was seen in many parts of the state, affected many especially in Pune.

Read more: Bhima Koregaon Protest: Dalit Groups Call For Maharashtra Bandh

This has raised many questions about the daily happenings and routine in the city. Here are some points you need to keep in mind about what will be functioning in the city and what wouldn't. Below mentioned points are based on the information received from the official authorities, associations or departments. 

4:10 PM: Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh's chief Prakash Ambedkar calls off protests #MumbaiBandh

3:50 PM: Ghatkopar station area cleared and protestors evacuated from tracks, services resumed.

3:30 PM: Traffic congestion at Mela junction and Worli Naka. Hence traffic diverted at Haji Ali through Mahalaxmi/ Sena Pati Bapat Marg.

People are advised to take Mahalaxmi- Senapati Bapat Road- Pandurang Bhuskar Marg- JK Kapur Chowk- Sea Link.

3:20 PM: People residing nearby railway tracks are providing water to the people who are walking on tracks and commuters as well.

3:00 PM: Protestors allowed the ambulance to pass in Mulund. Medical shops are kept open.

2:50 PM: Visuals from Powai 

2:46 PM: Amidst all the protests across the city, youngsters in Mulund West play cricket on empty streets.

Visuals of Mumbai Bandh: Protest at Chembur 

2:34 PM: Multiplexes and single-screen movie shows canceled for today 

2:33 PM: Goregaon Filmcity road blocked by the protestors. TV shows shoot halts

2:30 PM: No vehicles are allowed to move for around 3-4 km in Ghatkopar's Pant Nagar. Passengers have to walk 2-3 km to the station

2:29 PM: 48 BEST buses are damaged and four drivers injured until 1:00 PM -BEST PRO 

2:27 PM: Visuals from Kanjurmarg railway station 

2:20 PM: Eastern freeway junction blocked by the police #MumbaiBandh  

2:09 PM: Visuals of the ticket window damaged by protestors at #Dombivali station.

2:07 PM: Update from Indigo Airlines

2:05 PM: Protestors have blocked Andheri MIDC area up to Tunga hotels.

2:00 PM: Traffic congestion at Mela junction and Worli Naka. Hence traffic diverted at Haji Ali through Mahalaxmi/ Sena Pati Bapat Marg.

Visuals of Mumbai Bandh: Rail Roko at Dadar and Rasta Roko at Goregoan Highway

1:57 PM: Blockade at Ryan International School back road, Malad 

1:55 PM: Worli sea link southbound services diverted to J K Kapoor-Hardikar-Sasmira-Galaxo-Pandurang Budhkar Marg-Gawde chowk-Senapati Bapat road.

1:53 PM: Mumbai University to conduct exams at a later stage for students who couldn't appear today due to protest

1:48 PM: Violence reported at #Dombivali station. Ticket window damaged by protesters.

Visuals of Mumbai Bandh: Protest at Chembur 

1:35 PM: Traffic at Eastern Expressway affected due to Traffic Blockade near Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar. 

1:30 PM: Update from Air India- #AirIndia is waiving off ticket cancellation and rescheduling charges for today & tomorrow due to unrest in several districts of #Maharashtra.


1:26 PM: Rasta Roko Andolan at Dahisar Check Naka interrupted


1:20PM : Update from #JetAirways in regards to today's protest- "Due to unrest in Mumbai, Pune & Aurangabad, we’ve extended the waiver on change and cancellation charges, including fare difference if any, on all confirmed tickets for flights to and from Mumbai, Pune & Aurangabad, on 3rd January 2018."

1:10 PM: AC local services have been canceled for today due to protests.

1:00 PM: WR services disrupted due to intermittent protests at Elphinstone Road, Goregaon, Dadar, and Malad.

Visuals of Mumbai Bandh: Rail Roko at Virar 

12:59 PM: Visuals from Kanjurmarg 

12:58 PM: Mumbai metro running between Versova to Airport Road, services halted between Airport Road to Ghatkopar-MMOPL PRO

12:45 PM: Update from Central Railway: There are elaborate arrangements made on mainline stations including at Ghatkopar. Security personnel has cleared path at Gowandi and services are running smoothly on harbour line.

12:40 PM: Bus Set on fire in Thane 

12:33 PM: Protest at Dadar station. Protestors start Rail Roko on Platform 5 and 6

12:30 PM: Condemning the protest, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha says "Society & Govt must work towards becoming more sensitive & tolerant. My humble request to the Hon'ble PM @narendramodi & the dashing Maharashtra CM to take immediate steps to assuage the feelings of the Dalit community & bring the situation under control & to normalcy. Jai Hind! "

12:25 PM: Goregoan Highway jammed due to Rasta roko by the protestors.

12:23 PM: Up & down WR lines, which were blocked by the protesters have resumed at Goregaon.

12:22 PM: Visuals from MithChowki area Malad

12:20 PM: Visuals from Worli, people stuck in traffic for over an hour

12:15 PM: #BEST bus vandalized at #Kandivali. 

12:10 PM: Train doors shut at Kanjurmarg station as protestors try to harm

12:06 PM:  Thane Municipal Transport (TMTbuses) and an auto-rickshaw vandalized in Chendani Koliwada area, four passengers injured

12:00 PM: Protest at NM Joshi Marg Lower Parel, shops forcibly shut

11:59 PM: Harbour line affected between Mankhurd and Kurla. Services stopped. Panvel, Belapur and Vashi train service shut till next announcement. 

11:55 AM: Trains blocked at Virar station #MumbaiBandh


11:50 AM: Protest near Andheri's Infinity Mall. Protestors are not allowing people to commute.

11:44 AM: Constant police protection at Mulund, no reports of protests.

11:30 AM: Mumbai Metro services between Ghatkopar and Airport temporarily affected.

11:15 AM: Mumbai police - Commuters are advised to avoid Kalanagar & MMRDA Junction for some time due to Rasta roko #TrafficUpdate

11:05 AM: Update info abt Maharashtra Bandh: 13 BEST Buses damaged due to stone pelting. Rasta roko at Bandra Kalanagar, Dharavi Kumbharwada, Kamraj Nagar, Santoshnagar Dindoshi, Hanuman Nagar Kandivali due to which road traffic affected. - DMU

10:50 AM: Rasta roko at Ghatkopar-Sakinaka road
Rasta Roko by locals against alleged abusive language by police on Ghatkopar Sakinaka road near Jagruti Nagar metro station. Stones were also pelted on a BEST bus at Barvenagar in Ghatkopar.

10:40 AM: Agitations at following places as of now. Diversions effected.

Below Akurli bridge (Kandivali)

Dindoshi near Santosh Nagar

Kamraj Nagar (Vikhroli)

Kherwadi jun. (BKC)  at sai prasad hotel

MIDC near Vijay Nagar (Jogeshwari)

arunkumar vaidya marg (Dindoshi)

Kumbharwada Jun (Mahim)

10:15 AM: Train services to and from Virar stopped for a while. No further announcement made. Will resume post the announcement.

10:00 AM - Update info abt Maharashtra Bandh frm BEST traffic control at 0925 hrs: BEST buses not running on this route:  Kandivali- Akurli, Dindoshi-Hanuman Nagar, Chandivali-Sangharsh Nagar, Khairani Rd- Sakinaka, Sahar Cargo, Mulund Check Naka, Jijamata Nagar. No stone pelting incidents -DMU

Schools and colleges to function as normal

The State Government and ministers have not declared an official holiday for schools and colleges in the city. Mumbai University shall also be functioning as normal. However, some private schools in the city have declared a holiday for their respective students and staff, on personal grounds, keeping the security in mind.

School Buses shall not operate on Wednesday

The School Bus Association in Mumbai has also decided to not run the school buses. As per the information received from the association, Anil Garg, President School buses association, Maharashtra said 

SBOA declares school buses will not run tomorrow keeping the safety of children in mind. However, if the situation is in control in the morning, a decision would be taken for the afternoon shift. Since it is beyond our control the association has decided not to take risk. It is up to individual operators to decide to close or not .after seeing the situation.

MU examinations to be conducted as planned

As per reports, around 13 examinations are scheduled for Wednesday. So far, no decision has been taken regarding the postponement and hence the examinations of the University of Mumbai will be taken as planned.

Local transport services

Although some local train services in the city were disrupted on Tuesday, the services scheduled for Wednesday will function as per the plan and timings. Few BEST buses were also damaged in the city due to stone pelting, bringing around 20 bus services to a halt. However, the bandh on Wednesday will see the buses functioning as normal. As per mentioned in TOI, the officials at BEST have said that grilles will be installed on windscreens to prevent further damage, and they shall they plan to follow the instructions as per the police. Auto rickshaws and cabs shall function depending on the situation at that moment. No information from them has been released.

Dabbawalas to shut down their services for a day

Keeping the security in mind, Mumbai's Dabbawalas association has decided not to operate their services on Wednesday. Hence, the association will not be delivering tiffins on Maharashtra bandh. 

Ministry, Government offices and Security

The Ministry and all the other government offices will be working on Wednesday. Further, as per the reports, police have been on high alert and watch out for movements across the city. Personnel will be deployed at all locations, including the riot control police and state reserve police force. QRT commandos will also be on alert, to ensure safety across the city. 


9:35 AM: Train operations resume at Virar & Goregaon stations, delay expected 

9:20 AM: Rail Roko in Goregaon. Around 50 people on track

9:15 AM: Everything normal at Andheri Station. Here are some visuals.

9:12 AM: Do not believe in or spread rumours and continue with the daily activities. The Police administration is there and geared up to deal with any untoward situations, says Mumbai Police

9:00 AM: Section 144 imposed in Maharashtra's Thane till 4th January midnight

8:55 AM: Visuals from Virar Station

8:45 AM: Security on high alert, to ensure no chaos and violence in the city on bandh.

(Image from twitter, shared by @kamleshsuthar)

8:30 AM: Few protestors tried to disrupt Railway services at Thane but were immediately cleared by RPF and GRP officials. Services are running uninterrupted on Central Railway as of now. 

8:22 AM: Traffic in western suburbs, near the airport and Western Express Highway normal. 

8:20 AM: Central and Western railways functions as per schedule.