Bengaluru Bandh: All educational institutions in Bengaluru to remain shut on September 26 in response to the city-wide strike called by various organizations in protest of the release of Cauvery water.
Bengaluru: Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate Dayananda K.A. has announced the closure of all schools and colleges in Bengaluru on Tuesday, in response to the “Bengaluru Bandh” call issued by various organizations.
Various groups, including farmers and pro-Kannada organizations, have called for a Bengaluru bandh from 6 am to 6 pm on September 26 to protest against the contentious release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu from Karnataka.
The bandh is expected to disrupt normal life in the city, leading to the closure of schools, colleges, government offices, banks, ATMs, public and private transport, shops, commercial establishments, restaurants, and hotels.
However, essential services such as hospitals, nursing homes, medical shops, emergency services, petrol pumps, water supply, electricity, and sanitation services will remain operational.
To maintain law and order during the bandh, heavy police deployment will be in place, and Section 144 has been enforced citywide. The Bengaluru City Police emphasized that no protests, processions, or gatherings of more than five people are permitted, as per Supreme Court and High Court instructions.
Amid the ongoing Cauvery river water sharing dispute with Tamil Nadu, Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) MP HD Deve Gowda has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting the formation of a team of experts to assess the water and standing crop situation in Karnataka.
Gowda stated that he appealed to the PM to have the Jal Shakti department file a review petition and send a committee of experts to Karnataka for a comprehensive study of the water and crop conditions. He stressed that his party is dedicated to safeguarding the interests of the people of the state and did not want to comment on political alliances or other issues at this time.