Karnataka organisations and pro-Kannada outfits have called for a bandh on Saturday in the state and Bangalore from 6 am to 6 pm for 12 hours in protest against what they said Tamil Nadu’s attempts to stall the Mekedatu drinking water project across the Cauvery.
The move in response to similar bandh observed by Tamil Nadu on March 28 against Karnataka’s move to build a dam across the Cauvery in Mekedatu.
While transport vehicles and shops remain shut for the day, government-owned BMTC and KSRTC buses will ply but in reduced numbers tomorrow, said officials while the Namma Metro officials said they would wait and watch for the situation, ruling outright closure of the service.
BMRC MD Pradeep Singh Kharolatold the media,”We are keeping a close watch on the situation and depending on what the police suggest, we will decide whether to ply less trains or not ply at all.”
Even transportation buses will guaze the situation and take a call on shutting down the service. Even autos and taxis will not be available in Bangalore tomorrow as Auto Drivers Union, Truck Drivers Union and Tourist Taxi Owners Association have decided to join the bandh.
All schools, colleges, banks, IT companies and most of the government offices, shops and streets will bear a deserted look tomorrow in view of the bandh but exception will be hospitals and medical shops, said a statement.
However, Ola and other taxi service aggregators, including Taxi For Sure, said they will function as usual.