Karnataka bandh today: Schools closed, exams postponed, near total shut-down
Karnataka braces for a near total bandh today. Many including Infosys and Wipro are among those who will suspend operations today.
Banks said they would remain open, but a call on whether to suspend operations or not will be taken depending on the situation. The bandh call has been given to protest the apathy of the Centre towards the Mahadayi waters issue.
The Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) said its member-schools would be closed.
Management of Independent CBSE School Association (MICSA) has also decided its member-schools will remain closed. Mansoor A Khan, the general secretary of the association, said the schools might work on a Saturday to compensate for the holiday.
If any pre-university practical exam can't be held on Thursday, it will be held on February 21, an official note said. Ahead of the second PU exams in March, practical exams are being held from January 22 to February 20.
Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has rescheduled the postgraduate theory examination from Thursday to February 5. Timings remain unchanged.
The Kannada film industry has extended its support to the bandh. All theatres across Karnataka will be closed.
Malls and multiplexes will remain closed across the state till 6 pm.
Government offices in Bengaluru and across the state may see thin attendance as the bandh is backed by the Karnataka Government Employees Association.
Educational institutions have been told to remain closed on Thursday by the deputy commissioner of Bengaluru (Urban) district.
State-run transport corporations said their services would not be disrupted as long as the situation was peaceful.
Namma Metro said its schedule would remain unchanged. Its PRO U A Vasanth Rao said operations would continue as usual.
"Since petrol bunks come under essential services, it is mandatory to provide services. Any disruption will affect not only members of the public but also ambulance and other emergency services," said Sanaulla Anees, vice president of Karnataka State Federation of Petroleum Dealers.
In a notification, BU stated that the third year BCom and BBM exams will be held on January 31 along with PGDBA, DHRM, DMM and DHA exams. The second-year MA and MSc exams will be held on February 2, the third year BA and BSc papers are scheduled for February 5 and the first year BA, BSc, BCom and BBM as well as the second year MCom exams have been postponed to February 8.
Transport services would however function today. Several app-based taxi services said on the social media that they would function as normal.
H D Revappa from the KSRTC Employee Federation, affiliated to the CITU, said services would be operational on Thursday.
However, services in Hubbali and other parts of northern Karnataka are likely to be severely hit as the epicentre of the protests is in those areas.
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) managing director V Ponnuraj said they would follow the directives given by the State government. Government offices and associated services are expected to be shut tomorrow.