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    Bengaluru bandh: Who is protesting and why? What's closed and what's open


    Bengaluru bandh: Various farmer bodies, Kannada organizations, and opposition parties have called for a shutdown or 'Bandh' in Bengaluru to protest against the order of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) to release 5000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. Protests have been planned at several locations in the city, and political parties have extended their support. The Bengaluru Police has imposed Section 144 to maintain law and order, and transportation services such as buses and cabs will continue to operate as usual. Restaurants will remain closed, and schools and colleges have been declared a public holiday.

    Cauvery water row: Bengaluru Bandh today; here is what's open, what's shut
    Bengaluru is expected to see a complete shutdown today amid a bandh call by various organisations. Here is an explainer on the Bengaluru bandh.

    So who is protesting and why?
    The bandh has been called by various farmer bodies, Kannada organisations, and opposition parties to protest against the order of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) directing the state to release 5000 cusecs of water to its neighbouring state, Tamil Nadu, for 15 days, effective September 13.
    As per reports, these organisations are likely to observe protest at Freedom Park, Raj Bhawan, and Town Hall by pro-Kannada organisations. However, according to police, protests would only be allowed in Freedom Park.

    Opposition parties extend support
    Major politial parties in Opposition in Karnataka have extended their support for the bandh. BJP leader B S Yediyurappa had on Monday said his party would extend cooperation in ensuring that the Bengaluru bandh called by various organisations protesting against the release of Cauvery water is successful. JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy too extended his party's support for the strike.

    To maintain law and order, the Bengaluru Police has imposed Section 144 that prohibits gatherings of more than five people at one place. Police personnel have reportedly been deployed in Bengaluru's Cottonpete to maintain law and order. All the shops are closed except those providing essential services.

    Effect on transportation
    Despite the bandh call, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) said that it will run buses as usual. Cabs will be plying as usual in the city. Ola Uber Drivers and Owners Association president Tanveer Pasha said that Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Ola, and Uber services will be as usual.

    According to ANI, auto drivers are supporting the strike and are charging a lot more than usual. "We support the bandh called by various organisations. When the Cauvery water issue comes up, we have a very clear stand: Karnataka will not provide water to anyone. Only night drivers are here; autos will not run today; we will support the band," said Naseer Khan, an auto driver at Majestic BMTC Bus Stop, Bengaluru.

    To avoid inconvenience to the passengers, Airline Vistara issued a travel update on Tuesday asking people to plan their rides to and from the airport with caution since private transport might be disrupted.

    "Due to the 'Bengaluru Bandh' on September 26, 2023, private transport might be disrupted. Customers travelling from Bangalore are advised to allow more time for their journey to the airport," the airline said in a post on 'X'.

    What's closed?
    Restaurants will also remain closed in the city, President Bangalore Hoteliers Association PC Rao said, adding, "It's our duty; we are also supporting the Karnataka bandh called tomorrow (by pro-Kannada organisations), as we have not gotten justice for several years".

    Meanwhile, Bengaluru Urban District Collector KA Dayanand has announced a public holiday for all schools and colleges in the city in view of the Bandh on Tuesday.

    Many multinational companies have also asked their staff to work from home in view of the protests. As per Reuters, MNCs like Google, Walmart, IBM and Accenture have advised employees to work from home and avoid any non-essential commuting during Tuesday's strike.

    With ANI Inputs
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