Protests are taking place in Karnataka against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The bandh call has led to the arrest of over 50 people, and the police have designated Freedom Park as the sanctioned location for protests in Bengaluru. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses are operational, but fewer people are using them due to the bandh. The government has assured that the buses will continue to run.
An official of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation told news agency ANI that buses are operational but “people are not coming” due to the bandh call. The state transport minister Ramalinga Reddy said that the government will ensure the service of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses on Friday. “Those who are doing bandh should do it peacefully. the transport buses will ply despite the bandh tomorrow and there is no need for passengers to worry,” the minister said.
Similarly, less number of passengers were seen in Bengaluru metro trains because of the Bandh called by various organizations regarding the Cauvery water issue.
Meanwhile, in view of the bandh, the district administrations in Bengaluru and Mandya announced a holiday for educational institutions today in their respective jurisdiction. In Mandya, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) have been imposed as well. An official of Karnataka State Private Schools’ Association told PTI that they were extending ‘moral support’ to the bandh. “We have told our association members to use their discretion regarding the bandh,” the office-bearer said.
Besides opposition parties BJP and JD(S), hotels, autorickshaws and hail riders associations have also extended support to the bandh in Karnataka. “Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union and Ola Uber Drivers and Owners’ Association (OUDOA) are supporting the bandh. We will take out a rally from Nayandahalli to the Freedom Park,” its president Tanveer Pasha told PTI.
The Bruhath Bangaluru Hotel Association has extended its ‘moral support’ to the strike. (With Agency Updates)
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