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News Entry# 287830
Dec 07 2016 (08:10)  No food, fuel, or vehicles (
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With hotels, eateries and tea stalls downing shutters, members of the public faced a real hard time in finding food for break fast and lunch and they hoped that shops would open by evening after the funeral winds its way. Some eateries and tea stalls near railway station and refreshment stalls inside the station drew a lot of customers. Thankfully for those arriving at Coimbatore Junction, autorickshaws were available for them to reach their destinations. But for which, the public transportation system had completely come to a halt and both TNSTC and private buses kept off the road as a matter of precaution and fear. Even the call taxis, cabs and autorickshaws kept off the whole day. Roads witnessed only movement of private vehicles and that too very thin in numbers.
early on Tuesday morning, flex banners were placed in different parts of the city mourning the demise of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Though the party office was not crowded, her pictures were placed in several places for the public to pay homage. Security was stepped up in all important places such as railway station, AIADMK office, and Collectorate. The government had announced public holiday on Tuesday and hence, government offices, manufacturing units, eateries, petrol bunks, and offices did not function. The roads, even the main ones such as Avinashi Road and Tiruchi Road, were deserted.
To help those stranded for food, Jamat-E-Islami Hind and Islamic Students Organisation came in handly providing food packets to those patients and their attenders at the Government Hospitals and for policemen and Rapid Action Force personnel deployed on picket duties. Canteens at private hospitals also witnessed people from outside thronging for food and parcels. Cinemas, schools and TASMAC outlets remained closed.
Many of the petroleum outlets remained closed across the city and a free shuttle transportation service operated by NGOs ran into trouble in the morning as the vehicles ran out of fuel after serving the stranded commuters through out the night and early in the morning. Similarly in the eastern part of the city, a couple of petroleum outlets in Peelamedu and Singanallur came handly. A petrol outlet and an eatery offering food at subsidised rates by Shanti Social Services trust was thronged by people.
A group of NGOs who had networked themselves through the Whatsapp group pooled in food and biscuit packets and started distributing it to people on the move searching for food or snacks and a substantial share of the same was distributed at VOC Park in the city and it various busy junctions.
People got frequent whatsapp pings social media networking groups exhorting its participants to extend help to police personnel in need of food, snacks or permission to rest rooms.
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