Karnataka bandh: Schools, colleges and workplaces remain shut

Mahadayi water verdict protest

The educational institutions have chose to remain shut in view of the security of the students.

Though a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Bengaluru as a pre-cautionary measure, they may remain open in some districts in the state's northern and coastal regions to complete the syllabus.

Eminent tech companies like Wipro and Accenture have also announced a holiday for their employees. "Business Continuity Plans have been invoked to avoid disruption to mission critical project".

Although the shutdown did not affect train and flight operations in Bengaluru, hundreds of passengers were stranded at railway stations and the airport in the absence of state-owned and private buses and taxis.

Several protesters burnt tyres near Majestic in Bengaluru where activists also roughed up an effigy of the Goa water minister.

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Petrol bunks, banks and agriculture Produce Marketing Committees will function as usual.

The "Karnataka Bandh" call given by various organisations demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to solve the more than three decade old Mahadayi river water row between Karnataka and Goa evoked "good" response in most districts of the state on Thursday.

Meanwhile, state capital Bengaluru has been turned into a fort with as many as 15,000 cops guarding the city. A small squad of police were deployed near the area who said they will ensure peace but will not interfere with the forced closures.

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 all services tomorrow", Shetty said at the press conference.

In the capital city, state-run buses remained off the road, stranding people from outside the city at the main bus terminal. Karnataka wants to construct dams and canals under the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project to divert water from the Mahadayi river basin to the parched districts of Belgaum, Dharwad and Gadag in north Karnataka, but Goa has raised objections to the project. "It is to show to Siddaramaiah who is playing politics, that we also know how to play politics as a national party.It is also with an intention to resolve the Mahadayi river water dispute".

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