Bengaluru: The normal life was thrown out of gear across Karnataka due to the day-long strike called by pro-Kannada outfits on Friday to protest against the Supreme Court’s direction to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.
– Cauvery water issue disrupts normal life in Gulbarga area. People are left stranded in bus stands as no public transport is available.
– Roads across Bengaluru bore a deserted look, as but public transport, including metro services, are not plying. All the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses remain parked at the Banashankari bus depot.
Keeping in view the law and order problem, the schools, colleges have been shut.
Big IT companies in Bengaluru – Wipro, Infosys and other multinationals have declared a holiday.
Public transport will be severely affected as as the state bus transport and cab services have announced their support to the protest.
This is the second bandh that the state is bracing for in less than a week’s time and the fourth this year.
Officials said with the bandh on the emotive Cauvery issue is being supported by several organisations, unions and political parties.
With Karnataka Cable Operators Association supporting the band, the Tamil channels will be off air.
Banks, shops, markets, malls, hotels, bars, pubs, eateries, restaurant, theatres and petrol bunks will also remain closed during the day.
In Bengaluru, more than 14,000 police personnel will be deployed. 36 Karnataka State Reserve Police, 30 City Armed Reserve platoons and one company Rapid Action Force have been deployed.
Bowing to the apex court’s Monday order, the state began releasing 15,000 cusecs of water daily from early Wednesday from its reservoirs across the river basin for 10 days amid protests and demonstrations by farmers, traders and the youth in the Mysuru region.
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