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Karnataka Bandh Updates: Karnataka Protests Release of Cauvery Water to Tamil Nadu

'Kannada Okkoota' calls for Karnataka Bandh to protest the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. There are closures and inconveniences since Section 144 is in place in important districts.

Karnataka Bandh: Check What is Open, What is Closed Here

The umbrella organization representing Kannada and farmers’ groups, known as ‘Kannada Okkoota,’ has called for a shutdown (bandh) in Karnataka today to protest the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The entire state is taking part in a strike that pro-Kannada organizations have scheduled two days after the Bengaluru Bandh. In the midst of a drought-like situation in numerous districts, protests are taking place throughout the state opposing the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

In response to this, authorities have imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, enforcing prohibitory orders in Bengaluru Urban, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Ramanagara, and Hassan districts. Additionally, schools and colleges in these areas have been declared closed for the day.

 Here is the list of things that are open.

  1. Emergency Services
  2. Pharmacies
  3. Hospitals
  4. Good Services
  5. Banks
  6. Namma Metro

 Here is the list of things that are  closed.

  1. Private Cabs such as Ola and Uber are likely to be inoperational
  2. Malls, Shops, etc
  3. Theatres and Multiplexes 
  4. Restaurants and Hotels
  5. National Highways to be blocked
  6. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)

In light of the Karnataka Bandh being called out by Pro-Kannada organizations over the Cauvery water conflict, Bangalore University has postponed its 58th convocation, which was set to be conducted on September 29, 2023. A new date will be announced soon. 

However, the protest has sparked unrest in Karnataka due to the release of Cauvery River water to Tamil Nadu. These protests stem from the Supreme Court’s decision not to intervene in the directives issued by the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) and its subsidiary, the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC), instructing Karnataka to execute the water release.

In the latest update, the CWRC has mandated Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs of Cauvery water from Biligundlu, effective from September 28 to October 15, 2023, representing a reduction from the previous release of 5,000 cusecs.

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Shriya Gupta

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