Soon after the BEST bus strike, Mumbaikars now have to face some more harrowing time ahead. On Wednesday, a silent protest march is being held by Maratha Kranti Morcha to press for its various demands that include reservation.

The regular traffic is disturbed from Byculla to Azad Maidan and at some other locations within the specified area have been affected due to the rally.

Much ahead of the rally, Mumbai Police has issued a traffic advisory, cautioning the commuters to avoid certain routes. Lakhs of people from all walk of life have joined the march.

More importantly, ‘Mumbai dabbawalas’, who run the tiffin services across the city, have unanimously decided to take the day off to participate in the morcha.

Nearly 450 schools and junior colleges across South Mumbai will remain shut today. Infact the much anticipated announcement was made by Education Minister Vinod Tawde in the State Assembly, following which a circular was issued by the deputy director of school education, Mumbai.

“Maratha Kranti Morcha has been organised on August 9, 2017 in Mumbai, due to which traffic snarls are likely to occur. There are chances of schools buses getting stuck in these traffic snarls, thus inconveniencing school students. Hence, it is decided that school en route Maratha Kranti Morcha must remain closed,” the circular reads.

Meanwhile, the Central Railway has geared up and made special arrangements for commuters.

The major agendas that form the core of the protest march are to press for their long standing demands, including punishment for culprits in Kopardi rape and murder case, quota in education and government jobs, amendment in SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) to stop its misuse, loan waiver to farmers to curb suicides, and guaranteed rate for agricultural produce, namely.

The Kopardi rape and murder case was compared at par with the Nirbhaya case of Delhi in view of the gruesome brutality involved happened on July 13, 2016 evening at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district. The girl went missing for a few hours, after which her mutilated, blood-splattered body was found under a tree in a field. The horrible crime took everyone by shock including the social and political circles and led to a brawl in Maharashtra legislature for two days during its monsoon session in July.

The march is being organised by the Sakal Maratha Samaj, under the aegis of several Maratha groups.