On Saturday, the official call for shutdown in Bengaluru was given by farmers and pro-Kannada outfits observing ‘Mandya Bandh.’
Cauvery Issue in Bangalore 2023
In This Article You Know About Cauvery Issue in Bangalore: In defiance of the allocation of 5,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) of Cauvery River water to the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, pro-Kannada entities have issued a proclamation for a ‘Bengaluru Bandh’ slated for the 26th of September, according to reports from PTI.
These pro-Kannada groups have also implored educational institutions, proprietors of businesses, retail establishments, factories, corporations, and transport providers to lend their support to this call for a complete shutdown.
The official summons for a shutdown in Bengaluru was declared last Saturday, championed by farmers and pro-Kannada factions during the ‘Mandya Bandh’ agitation.
In explicit terms, Kuruburu Shanthakumar, a prominent figure among the farming community, has beseeched schools, colleges, information technology enterprises, and even the film industry to declare a day off. In addition, he has petitioned the state government to convene a special legislative session to address this matter.
Notably, opposition parties such as the BJP, JDS, Aam Aadmi Party, and others have thrown their weight behind the bandh.
In an exhilarating development, Tanveer Pasha, the President of the Ola Uber Driver’s and Owner’s Association, has officially affirmed their involvement in the Bengaluru bandh.
Anticipations are rife that airport taxi services are poised for disruption. Nonetheless, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) will continue its Namma Metro services uninterrupted.
On a parallel note, the state-operated Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will make a decision following a meticulous assessment of the prevailing law and order situation.
Crucially, essential services, comprising hospitals, nursing homes, pharmaceutical establishments, and government offices, shall maintain their regular operations.
Reacting to the bandh call on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar asserted, “The state government is unwavering in its commitment to safeguarding the interests of Karnataka. Nevertheless, opposition parties are ascribing a political connotation to the Cauvery water issue.”
Shivakumar elaborated that the state administration has presented its case to the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) regarding the water release to Tamil Nadu. He appended that the bandh would be devoid of any tangible purpose.
On the preceding Monday, the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) had issued an edict, instructing Karnataka to continue releasing 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for an additional 15-day period, following a similar recommendation from the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) last week.
In the interim, the Supreme Court had refrained from intervening in the directives of the CWMA and CWRC, which mandated Karnataka to furnish 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. This led to widespread protests erupting in various parts of the state.
Karnataka has consistently maintained that it is unable to release the stipulated water quota, citing its own pressing needs for drinking water and the irrigation of crops in the drought-stricken Cauvery basin areas, a situation exacerbated by deficient monsoon rains.
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Cauvery Issue in Bangalore
Cauvery Issue in Bangalore