Though there was no panic or uncivil reaction to the demise in Mumbai, shops and establishments, restaurants and tea stalls shut down, cinemas cancelled shows and functions were called off or postponed.
Meanwhile autorickshaws and taxis will not ply in Mumbai on Sunday; the Mumbai transport service has arranged for extra buses.
The state police machinery which is on their toes since a last few days is all prepared to handle the situation. The funeral being on Sunday may come as a bit relief for the police as its an off day for business and corporate related activities.
We are all prepared to handle the situation with the police force deployment to along with State Reserve Police Force personnel to maintain order and assist people, Minister of State for Home Satej alias Bunty Patil, told MiD DAY.
All the necessary precautions are being taken to maintain law and order, he said. Meanwhile, the police is gearing up to handle the mammoth crowd that is expected to rush to Matoshree and later at Shivaji Park, where the mortal remains of the leader who ruled million hearts will be kept.
The police as well as the civic administration have begun their preparations by erecting barricades, arrangements for drinking water, temporary toilets, traffic diversions at Shivaji Park, sources said.
Thousands of them had been standing in vigil outside his home in upscale Bandra East area of Mumbai for the last 72 hours as the news got out about Thackeray's failing health.
The man who for decades lorded over one of the largest states in the country is survived by his sons, political heir and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and filmmaker Jaidev. A widower, Thackeray's wife Meena and his eldest son Bindhumadhav passed away in 1996.