The District Magistrate Dayananda K.A. confirmed that all the schools and colleges will remain closed because of the “Bengaluru Bandh”. The Organizations of farmers and pro-Kannada groups have called for a “Bengaluru Bandh” from 6 am to 6 pm on 26th September as a sign of protest against the “Cauvery Water Dispute” or the release of Cauvery water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu. The protest-led Bandh will cause a lot of hardships for the people of Bangalore.
Normal life in the city will be affected as ATMs, schools, colleges, government offices, banks, shops, restaurants, and public as well as private transport are expected to be put to a halt. However, emergency services like hospitals, Petrol Pumps, Medical shops, etc. will function normally. For the prevention of riots and enforcement of law and order in the state section 144 has been enforced in the state. The state police tweeted, “Today addressing press, @CPBlr has reiterated that no bundh/protests/processions are allowed as per Supreme Court/High Court instructions. Section 144 enforced citywide – gatherings of more than 5 people are not permitted. Dial 112 for any help. Additional police will be deployed to maintain law and order” and inform about the situation.
The Cauvery River Dispute has been a major concern for the two South Indian states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which arrived over the issue of sharing of the water from the Cauvery River, the issue traces its roots from as early as 1894. The reason why this year-old dispute has again come to the limelight is the decreased amount of rainfall in the Cauvery Basin area, leading to a water dearth. The Tamil Nadu government for that reason took the matter to the Supreme Court, demanding the Karnata reservoirs release water of 24,000 cubic feet per second volume.
The Deputy CM of Karnataka DK Shivakumar announced the release of 10 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu. However, he discouraged TN’s move to approach the Apex court and appealed to the CWMA to take another look at the decision made regarding the Water scarcity in the state.