Mumbai moves towards normalcy after terror attacks

November 28th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 28 (IANS) Commuter trains were packed with office workers, children rushed to schools and stock exchanges opened for trading Friday as India’s financial capital strove for normalcy, 36 hours after terrorists struck some of the city’s most prominent landmarks. “All trains are running normally. They are carrying passengers to their full capacity. The stations are teeming with commuters,” Central Railways spokesperson S.C. Mudgerikar told IANS.

“There was no structural damage to the Central Railways headquarter at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus,” he added.

The railway terminus, a Unesco world heritage site, was one of the 10 places in south Mumbai that were attacked by terrorists Wednesday night. Since then, 125 people, including at least six foreigners, have been killed and 327 injured.

The Western Railways spokesperson also said that trains were running as per schedule.

While most Mumbai streets were deserted Thursday, cars, buses and autorickshaws were back on the roads Friday. The main roads of the city were choked with heavy traffic.

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) reopened Friday after being shut for a day. Trading in the exchanges was proceeding normally, said P. Nilesh, a NSE sub-broker.

Most office complexes in the city, even in the terror hit south Mumbai area, opened for business. All educational institutions were also functioning normally.

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