After 57 protest march last year, the Maratha Kranti Morcha has taken out its “biggest” silent protest in Mumbai on Wednesday. The protest demanding reservation in jobs has started from Jijamata Udyan in Byculla and is expected to culminate at Azad Maidan by 5 pm. With more than three lakh people coming to join the morcha and thousands of vehicles that have already arrived in Mumbai from different parts of the state, the silent rally may bring the Maximum City to a standstill.
Mumbaikars are advised not to take the South Mumbai routes, however, the police have assured citizens that adequate measures have been taken in order to avoid any inconvenience to those travelling to and from the rally route.
The protest is initiated by the Maratha community who constitute 33% of Maharashtra’s population and are hence a dominant political force. They have been hitting the streets through silent rallies for the past year across different parts of the state. Due to the protest, schools and colleges of South Bombay remain closed. That’s about 450 institutes across town. Notably, there were reports of very slow traffic at the southern end of the eastern freeway, where several thousand buses are being parked on a vacant plot. The road from Carnac Bunder to Indira docks clogged. There’s also a traffic pile up at Vashi toll collection point.