Banerjee said that workers may have some issues. “But there are many other way outs to sort out the problems instead of going for a strike. It leads to a loss of a huge margin. Bandh has become like bonus everywhere ahead of the Puja. Thus I urge people to keep their shops and markets open. The state government will give the compensation if there is any damage caused. At the same time vehicles should also ply and they will also be compensated if there is any damage,” she said.
Friday’s bandh would lead to a huge loss as Durga Puja, Viswakarma Puja and Teachers’ day is just a few days away. People have already started shopping ahead of the Puja and a day’s closure means a loss of crore of rupees, she said. “I have realised from my prior experiences that bandh is useless. It is done just as a publicity stunt,” she said.
The state government and Kolkata Municipal Corporation had put up banners at different places urging people to keep their shops open and to consider Friday a normal day like all other days.
The city police have also made an elaborate arrangement to ensure safety of common people on
Friday. There will be deployment of around 3,000 policemen on Friday in the city.
For the first time, “body-cams” have been provided to sergeants of the Kolkata Traffic Police. The sergeants were found putting on the cameras on the pocket of their shirt to record if anyone creates chaos and it will be directly telecast to the control room in Lalbazar.
Sources said that the traffic sergeants would continue using the “body-cams” even after the bandh.
A senior police officer said that workers and supporters of Left Front trade unions are expected to create chaos at some parts. Thus, there will 357 pickets at important intersections.
There will be 21 police pickets in North Division, 35 in Eastern Sub-urban division, 52 in Central Division, 56 in South Division and 193 pickets in rest of the four divisions of the Kolkata Police.
There will be police posting at bus and tram depots, Metro Railway stations, ferry ghats, garages of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and fire stations.
Additional policemen will be deployed in different parts of the city and there will be policemen posted at markets and shopping malls. There will be special arrangements of police outside both state and Central government offices.
A senior police officer said that there will be 25 Heavy Radio Flying Squads (HRFS) and they will rush to a spot immediately after getting information about any trouble.
It may be mentioned that Suvendu Adhikari, the state transport department had said that there will be more buses on road. There will be additional steamers for better ferry services across river Hooghly.
It was also learnt that many office workers decided to stay in their respective offices on Thursday night so that they can be present for office on bandh day.