MUMBAI: Agricultural Production Market Committees (APMC) in many parts of Maharashtra have been closed on Tuesday in support of the Bharat Bandh, which has been urged by farmers’ unions to pressure the Center to repeal its agricultural laws.
Major markets such as Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and u Rangabad have wholesale markets. Retail stores have rolled down shutters in many cities.
APMCs in Kalyan and Vashi, Navi Mumbai, which supply large quantities of vegetables and fruits to Mumbai, were closed, with wholesalers and traders supporting Band.
On a normal day, thousands of trucks transport vegetables, fruits, food grains and spices to APMCs across the state every day.
Public services in Thane and Palghar cities, which fall under the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), have been hampered, police officials said.
The ruling Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have supported the shutdown.
However, the state government has appealed to the protesters not to disrupt public transport services.
Meanwhile, public transport services, including buses and local trains, have had no effect in Mumbai so far.
The unions of autorickshaws and taxis have extended their support for the shutdown but have decided to maintain their services as usual.

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