Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Mahadayi water dispute: Protesters roll over road in Karnataka's Attibele

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Sherri Watson | 27 January, 2018, 10:19

After Congress extended support to twin bandhs proposed by pro-Kannada groups and farmer organisations on dates that coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah's rallies in the state, the saffron party has called for a counter bandh between 10-12 February, when Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be visiting the state.

The districts are Belagavi, Bhagalkote, Dharwad and Gadag in the northwest.

Schools and offices were shut. The towns were deserted with business establishments closed and KSRTC buses and private vehicles keeping off the roads. Attempts have been made by Karnataka to amicably solve the issue pending before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal through discussion have failed to bear fruit.

The Mahadayi River originates in Karnataka before entering Goa and Maharashtra, and the three states have been locked in a bitter battle for the last three decades.

The pro-Kannada activists took out a bike rally at Brigade Road in Bengaluru to show their solidarity to the Mahadayi protest aiming at pressurising PM Modi to intervene between Goa and Karnataka.

SC has presently stayed the construction undertaken by Karnataka.

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Bengaluru A deserted view of Majestic Bus Stand during Karnataka band in Bengaluru

The bandh affected regular life. App-based cabs like Ola are also likely to ply.

Eminent tech companies like Wipro and Accenture have also announced a holiday for their employees. However, hospitals and clinics were functioning.

Heavy rush of commuters was witnessed at all the stations of Bengaluru Metro which operated the service on the east-west and north-south corridors.

Though the river flows runs 29km in Karnataka and 52km in Goa, its catchment area is spread over 2,032km in the southern state as against 1,580km in the western state (Goa). Meanwhile, they also set up a four-member committee to monitor any activities by Karnataka to divert water.

BJP termed the bandh "politically motivated" claiming that the ruling Congress was involved.

Accusing Congress of playing politics, Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar questioned the need to call for a bandh in Bengaluru on February 4 when a state-wide call had been given on January 25.