Mumbai limps back to normal

Mumbai limps back to normal

Mumbai: Two days after the last of the terrorists was gunned down by commandos, the country’s commercial capital limps back to normal with the routine flurry of activities seen in almost all parts of the city.

The first signal of normalcy came when a couple of hours after the operation at the Taj was over on Saturday, Jehangir Art Gallery, a stone’s throw away from the landmark hotel, was thrown open for art aficionados.

Yesterday, Cafe Leopold, where the terrorists started their bloody campaign, opened its doors to customers.

Government and corporate offices, courts, schools, and colleges have also opened, and lakhs of Mumbaikars have resumed their daily routine.

Local trains were running full this morning, indicating that the city’s denizens, though traumatised, have started a new day.

There was also a flurry of political activities in the state following the resignation of the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil yesterday.

More cacophony followed in the political circles, after Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil stepped down early today after demands from several sections for the resignation of Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and his deputy in the aftermath of the carnage.

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is slated to hold a press conference within a couple of hours, but sources said it will be about police reforms.

President Pratibha Patil will be arriving in the city in the evening. She will visit the hospitals where the victims injured in the attacks are recuperating.