Commercial establishments were closed and public transport vehicles mostly kept off the roads in a bandh demanding closure of the Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi on Monday.
The bandh started in the morning with autos, taxis and minibuses staying off the road till 6 pm.
Various organisations, including associations of traders, auto and taxi drivers had announced support for the shutdown, which was organised by the ‘Sterlite Edirpu Makkal Poraata Kuzhu’.
The organisation had mobilised support for a Green Tribunal hearing on the matter that is scheduled for Tuesday.
Meanwhile, contractors working with Sterlite told media-persons that the closure of the plant would affect the livelihood of up to 2,000 contract workers and requested the government to consider their plea to reopen the plant at the earliest.