Though essential services were kept out of the purview of the bandh and the scheduled pre-test examination of Class-10 students were held uninterrupted, cancellation of both government and private bus services left commuters in a lurch.
The bandh which began at 6 am in the morning and will continue till 6 pm witnessed deserted streets across Angul town. Shops and other business organisations remained closed during the bandh observation.
Road blockade staged by BJD activists at several place in Angul town brought down the traffic to a standstill, says report.
Similarly, blockade of the NH-55 near Hulursingha by BJD workers left hundreds of vehicles stranded on both sides of the road for hours.
Notably, after repeated reminders from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to the TTPS authority to take steps on pollution after completion of the lifespan of TTPS on March 31, the step for its closure was taken. Due to the closure over 5000 people lost their jobs.
The plant was continuing its operation beyond the deadline.