Mahadayi Row: Karnataka bandh on Jan.25

Mahadayi Row: Karnataka bandh on Jan.25

Mahadayi Row: Karnataka bandh on Jan.25

A call for 12-hour shutdown on Thursday in Karnataka has been given by several Kannada organisations and regional outfits for the Mahadayi river water from the neighbouring Goa state in the northwest.

Government offices, hospitals, banks and post offices will function normally, while trains and flights will operate normally.

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. During the same period, Karnataka achieved a lot of economic progress not only because of its emphasis on building a wide network of educational institutions, but also a strong work culture and atmosphere.

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Accusing Congress of playing politics, Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar questioned the need to call for a bandh in Bengaluru on February 4 when a state-wide call had been given on January 25.

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"We have deployed about 15,000 police personnel across the city, especially in vital areas where sensitive installations are present for safety and security of the people", asserted Kumar.

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday charged that the Congress Party still nurtured the "Emergency culture". The project, which has been hanging since 2002, was expected to provide water to the parched North Karnataka by diverting a portion of the water of Mahadayi river. A similar bandh is planned for February 4 when PM Modi campaigns in the poll-bound state.

The pro-Kannada organisations and organisations of farming communities had earlier also called for bandh over the dispute.

The Mahadayi River originates in Karnataka before entering Goa and Maharashtra, and the three states have been locked in a bitter battle for the last three decades. However, in 2002, the water sharing issue turned into a full-blown crisis when then Chief Minister of Karnataka SM Krishna built canals over the two tributaries of Mahadayi - Kalasa and Banduri.

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