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  • 3:04 PM IST

    A shutdown across Karnataka on Thursday logged out India’s tech hub Bengaluru and other parts, with IT majors Infosys, Wipro and other multinational firms suspending their operations for the day. Public transport like buses, taxis stayed off the roads, with schools, colleges, offices, hotels, restaurants, malls and markets closed till the evening, disrupting normal life in the city and other parts of the state.

  • 12:57 PM IST

    Karnataka Bandh Live Updates: Infosys has also given its employees a holiday. They haven’t been asked to work from home either.

  • 12:54 PM IST

    Karnataka Bandh Live Updates: The KTCL has been plying its buses, connecting Panaji to various places in Karnataka, like Belagavi, Hubli, Bagalkot, Bengaluru and others, reported news agency PTI. Karnataka and Goa, the riparian states of the Mahadayi (known as Mandovi in Goa), have been locked in a bitter battle over the sharing of the water of the river, which originates in Belagavi in Karnataka. The matter is pending before the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal.

  • 12:52 PM IST

    Karnataka Bandh Live Updates: Lawyers boycott Court in Bengaluru to show their support for the bandh.

  • 12:49 PM IST

    Karnataka Bandh Live Updates: Speaking on Mahadayi water sharing dispute, actor Prakash Raj said “we Kannadigas” have a right to the water.

  • 12:48 PM IST

    Karnataka Bandh Live Updates: The Goa government-run Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) has suspended its bus services to Karnataka owing to the bandh.

  • 10:49 AM IST

    Karnataka Bandh Live Updates: More than 400 Tamil Nadu government buses didn’t enter to Karnataka after the shutdown call.

  • 10:20 AM IST
    Karnataka Bandh Live Updates: Protesters hang Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effigy in Hubli.
  • 10:09 AM IST

    Karnataka Bandh Live Updates: Pro-Kannada women activists staged a protest by stopping Chennai Express train.

  • 9:56 AM IST

    Karnataka Bandh Live Updates: Kannada Rakshana Vedike (Protection Forum) activists including Narayana Gowda detained in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru, Jan 25: Various pro-Kannada organisations have called for ‘Karnataka Bandh’ today on January 25, demanding central government’s intervention into the Mahadayi water sharing dispute. The 12-hour statewide shutdown is likely to affect normal life in cities and towns across the state. Outfits like Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha led by former MLA Vatal Nagaraj have extended support to the call for ‘Karnataka Bandh’. We will be doing live updates on the effect of ‘Karnataka Bandh’ protest.

Following the ‘Karnataka Bandh’ call, a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Bengaluru as a precautionary measure. In state’s northern and coastal regions, schools may remain open to complete the syllabus. The Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools have announced that member-schools would remain closed on the day of the bandh. Hotels, restaurants, bars, malls, theatres and multiplexes may remain shut as a precautionary measure to prevent any untoward incident.

“We are forced to shut down across the state from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday for the Prime Minister’s intervention in getting the Mahadayi water to meet the drinking needs of the people in the state’s four northern districts,” Kannada Rakshana Vedike (Protection Forum) Narayana Gowda told reporters here on Wednesday. “Essential services like ambulance, hospitals, milk supply, sale of vegetables and fruits and drugs through medical shops will be available to avoid inconvenience to the public,” Gowda added.

Both the state-run Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will operate normally. However, few taxi and auto-drivers’ unions have supported the bandh. The agitating pro-Kannada organisations want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and bring a compromise between Goa and Maharashtra so that Karnataka can get a share in the water.

Mahadayi Water Sharing Dispute:

The 77km-long Mahadayi or Mandovi river originates at Bhimgad in the Western Ghats in Belagavi district of north-west Karnataka and flows into the neighbouring Goa and eventually joins the Arabian Sea off the west coast. Though the river flows runs 29km in Karnataka and 52km in Goa, its catchment area is spread over 2,032km in the southern state as against 1,580km in the western state (Goa).

Karnataka has been asking Goa since 2001 to release 7.6 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of the river water to meet the drinking needs of its people in the drought-prone four districts and irrigating their farmlands. On July 28, 2016, the Mahaydai Water Disputes Tribunal, headed by J.N. Panchal rejected the state’s petition for releasing the river water, citing various grounds, including ecological damage the twin canal projects may cause.