India’s technology hub came to a halt on Tuesday with the situation getting tensed in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery water issue. According to ET Now, TCS, Infosys and Wipro have decided to shut their Bengaluru offices today due to the ongoing Cauvery protests. The tech hub contributes to nearly a third of India’s software exports of $108 billion and has emerged as the top destination for technology talent among global companies. Other companies such as Flipkart, TVS Motors’ and Biocon offices and manufacturing facilities in the city are also shut today in Bengaluru. Though some companies have indicated that Saturday will be a working day to make up for today’s leave.
Violence erupted in areas of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on Monday after Supreme Court modified its earlier order on Cauvery water dispute between the two states. The Supreme Court directed Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water every day to Tamil Nadu instead of 15,000 till September 20. People came out on streets to protest and many vehicles were damaged and set on fire by an enraged mob. This led to suspension of bus services in Tamil Nadu and Section 144 was imposed in parts of Bengaluru city. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to keep their civic responsibilities in mind and display sensitivity, ANI reported.