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Why Karnataka to observe bandh on Sept 26, how will it affect Bengaluru?: Explained

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Bengaluru, Sept 25: Another bandh is likely to affect normal life in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru on Saturday, Sept 26.

This time Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha and other pro-Kannada organisations called for the bandh reiterating their demand over Kalasa-Banduri project.

[Bengaluru: Now, Karnataka bandh on Sept 26 gets political mileage]

Bandh (File Photo)

1,080 associations across the state supported the bandh. The associations, which extended their support, includes the Lorry Owners Association, Taxi Owners Association, the film fraternity and others.

What is Kalasa-Banduri project?

  • Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra have been fighting over water sharing of Mahadayi river which is also known as Mandovi in Goa.
  • Mahadayi originates from Western Ghats in Karnataka's Belgaum district and flows from Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra and then joins the Arabian Sea.
  • Karnataka wants to divert 7.56 tmc of water from the river to Malaprabha dam.
  • Diverting of water is possible through two separate canals Kalasa and Banduri.
  • Karnataka asserts that diverting water would help it to supply drinking water to Dharwar, Hubli and neighbouring regions.
  • However, Goa believes that diverting water would affect flora and fauna of Goa.
  • The three state governments have been failing to come to a consensus since 1980s.

Why are farmers protesting?

  • Farmers in North Karnataka have been protesting demanding a final decision on Kalasa-Banduri project.
  • Currently, residents of Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag and neighbouring region are getting drinking water supply once in ten days.
  • If the controversial projects gets a green signal, people of the region would get sufficient drinking water supply.
  • Implementation of the project will help the people in the region, especially the farmers.

[How Karnataka bandh on Sept 26 likely to affect Bengaluru]

How the bandh may affect Bengaluru and other districts?

  • Buses going from Karnataka to Goa and vice versa might be cancelled.
  • BBMP offices too will be closed.
  • BMTC and KSRTC buses and autos are likely to stay off the roads.
  • School authorities too may declare holiday to avoid any trouble.
  • All banks will be closed as it would be the fourth Saturday of the month.
  • Trucks, lorries will not be available.

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