Taxis, autorickshaws remained off the roads; shops and other commercial establishments chose to down their shutters.
Bal Thackeray will be given full state honours. He will be cremated at Shivaji Park - the same place where he launched the Shiv Sena in 1966.
This is the first time a funeral will be held at Shivaji Park. Full permissions have been taken for that.
Uddhav, his wife Rashmi and son Aditya, along with Raj Thackeray, his wife Sharmila and children are on the same truck on which the body of Bal Thackeray is being carried.
Outside Matoshree, two buses carrying television cameramen and print news photographers will precede the funeral procession of Bal Thackeray.
"Loved Thackeray's affection and simplicity when he met me in Mumbai. Thackeray never compromised anything for people of his state. His son Uddhav leads the organisation well just like his father," said DMK chief M Karunanidhi.
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This morning, BJP leader Gopinath Munde visited Bal Thackeray and said there is improvement in his health since yesterday. Earlier senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi and actor Nana Patekar visited the ailing leader.
Since early this morning security has been beefed up around and at Matoshree, the residence of Bal Thackeray.
Security has been significantly increased at Matoshree, the Thackeray home in suburban Bandra, and Mumbai is on alert.