Karnataka Bandh today Live Updates: Actor Prakash Raj makes big statement; Bengaluru, cities witness protests

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Bengaluru | Updated: January 25, 2018 6:30:54 PM

Karnataka Bandh Jan 25 (Today), Banglore Bandh News LIVE UPDATES: Schools and offices have been shut down in Bengaluru and other cities of the state because of the bandh called over Mahadayi river water dispute.

karnataka bandh today jan 25Karnataka Bandh Today: Banglore Bus Stand wears a deserted look because of the bandh on Thursday. (ANI)

Karnataka Bandh Jan 25 (Today) Live Updates:

5: 30 pm: Amit Shah, while speaking at a rally in Mysuru, highlighted the efforts of the BJP in geeting the Triple Talaq bill passed.

3: 21 pm: Actor Prakash Raj says ‘We Kannadigas Have Right to the Water’. Meanwhile, Amit Shah conducted a rally in Mysuru.

2.14 pm: Taking to Twitter, actor Prakash Raj said that all the parties must stop politicising Mahadayi water issue. He added that Kannadigas have a right over the water that flows past Kalasa Banduri. In a democracy, once a political party comes to power, it is no longer just a political party, but a party that is duty-bound to work for the people it represents, Raj added. Check out Prakash Raj’s Tweet here:

11.58 am: Protests were seen in Bengaluru and other cities. Most of the people have remained off road. No untoward incident has been reported so far. Schools, colleges have been shut down and exams postponed.

11.39 am: With state-run buses remaining off the road, passengers who had come to the city from outside were stranded at the main bus terminal here. Similar reports have come in from  Mysuru, Gadag, Dharwad and Hassan. Autorickshaws and cabs were plying but in lesser numbers. Cab and auto rickshaw drivers said customers were few today as most of the offices have declared holiday, reports PTI.

11.24 am: Normal life disrupted in several parts of Karnataka due to a state-wide bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits demanding the Prime Minister’s intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi River water row with neighbouring Goa.

11.20 am: The Hindu reports that a few protestors tried to stop rail services at KSR Railway Station. Police have detained several protestors.

11.10 am: BJP chief Amit Shah’s rally in Mysuru will start at 2.30 pm in Mysuru. Meanwhile, scores of passengers have been stranded in Bengaluru as buses are not running. As many as 15,000 cops have been deployed to keep the city safe.

10.52 am: What is Mahadayi river dispute? For the last three decades, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra have been locked in a protracted dispute over water sharing. First negotiations to settle the dispute among the states were started by the Centre in 1985. In 2002, the then state government led by SM Krishna had decided to start the pending drinking water project by building two canals across the tributaries of Mahadayi-Kalsa and Banduri rivers. The projected required diversion of 7.56 TMC of water from Mahadayi to Malaprabha river in Karnataka to address the water crisis in parched north Karnataka districts of Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag. This was opposed by Goa, then led by Manohar Parrikar. KNOW MORE DETAILS HERE

10.26 am: Schools and offices have been shut down in Bengaluru and other cities of the state because of the bandh called just a day before the Republic Day celebrations.  The 25 January Karnataka bandh has been called by several pro-Kannada groups, which are seeking a speedy resolution of the decades-old Mahadayi river water dispute. Most private school managements have decided to remain shut, but government schools district administrations have been authorized to take a decision, depending on the situation.  Several pro-Kannada organisations and farmer outfits are participating in the Karnataka bandh against the Centre’s alleged apathy towards the Mahadayi dispute.

10:05 am: Road roko protest in Attibele, near K’taka-TN border. #KarnatakaBandh is expected to be in total in the northern districts that come under Malaprabha river basin. Normal life may be disrupted as public services are expected to decide on their operations depending on the situation.

9:42 am: Many private companies have chosen to remain closed.The Railways and BMRCL service will be available today. The transport availability will depend on the security ans situation. The bandh spans from 6am-6pm.

Though transport corporations, the Railways and BMRCL have said services will be available, it will depend on the security situation during the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. bandh.

9:35 am: There has been no effect of Karnataka Bandh yet in Kalaburagi

9:25 am: Watch: Protest held in Attibelle during bandh in Karnataka over Mahadayi water dispute

9:19 am: Bus services suspended after state-wide bandh called in #Karnataka over Mahadayi water dispute

8:55 am: On account of the shutdown called by various organizations, as a precautionary measure, Wipro Limited has declared holiday for employees in Karnataka today. Business Continuity Plans have been invoked to avoid disruption to mission-critical project: Wipro statement

8:51 am: Karnataka bandh call over Mahadayi water dispute: Visuals of protest from Hubli.

8:17 am: Normal life is likely to be hit in Karnataka today following the state-wide bandh called by several pro-Kannada outfits demanding the Prime Minister’s intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa.

4:40 AM: Hotels, restaurants, bars, malls, theatres and multiplexes may remain shut as a precautionary measure to prevent a untoward incident. If public and private transport, including cabs, autos and buses are not available due to the shutdown, IT firms are likely to declare holiday and work on Saturday.

3:30 AM: Government offices, hospitals, banks and post offices will function normally, while trains and flights will operate normally.

2:40 AM: Though a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Bengaluru as a pre-cautionary measure, they may remain open in some districts in the state’s northern and coastal regions to complete the syllabus.

1:30 AM: “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 said.

12:03 AM, Jan 25: Normal life is likely to be hit in Karnataka on Thursday following the state-wide bandh called by several pro-Kannada outfits demanding the Prime Minister’s intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa.

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