Dhenkanal: Normal life in Dhenkanal came to a standstill after Nagarik Kriyanusthan Committee called for a 12-hour bandh in the town today.
The outfit resorted to the agitation demanding City Hospital status to the old hospital at Baji Chhak.
According to sources, associations of journalists, advocates and traders, several political parties and intellectuals extended their support to the bandh.
Transport like bus and train services have been adversely affected due to the shutdown. However, emergency services continue to remain unaffected.
Markets, business establishments, educational institutions, and government offices have remained closed in view of the bandh.