Karnataka and Goa are in dispute on the issue of sharing inter-state Mahadayi river water. Photograph:( ANI )
A state-wide bandh disrupted life across different parts of Karnataka on Thursday as pro-Kannada outfits demand Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi River water row with Goa.
Protests were held in Attibelle on Thursday by pro-Kannada outfits. But, no effect of bandh has been seen yet in Kalaburagi.
Many IT companies in Bengaluru have also asked their employees to either work from home or take a day off. Transport services will remain unaffected, buses and cabs will function as per their routine.
The pro-Kannada outfits have been protesting in parts of Bengaluru including townhall and other cities as well.
Pro-Kannada activists Vatal Nagaraj and Praveen Shetty on Wednesday told the press that there will be no transport services tomorrow and other services will be shut down as well.
"We will stop everything. Bus, train, flight all services will be stopped. We will stop all services tomorrow", Shetty said at the press conference.
Karnataka bandh call over Mahadayi water dispute: Visuals of protest from Hubli. (earlier visuals) pic.twitter.com/N7HtjEHAIu— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2018
With state-run buses remaining off the road, passengers who had come to the city from outside were stranded at the main bus terminal in Karnataka.
Similar reports have come in from Mysuru, Gadag, Dharwad and Hassan. Autorickshaws and cabs were plying but in lesser numbers. Cab and auto rickshaw drivers said customers were few today as most of the offices have declared holiday
Normal life has been hit as certain public services were paralysed, multiplexes remained shut. Though hotels, restaurants and eateries were opened in some areas, owners said they may have to stop their services depending on the situation as customers are also less.
The pro-Kannada organisations and organisations of farming communities had earlier also called for bandh over the dispute.