Karnataka Bandh declared by a pro-Kannada organisation, Kannada Okkoota on Saturday, September 26 to pressurize the state and Union governments demanding implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri Nala and Mekedatu Dam projects to improve the drinking water situation in the state, evoked maximum response.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e0aIdOUaS0]
While shops in all major cities and Bangalore were closed with virtually no traffic left on the streets, it was evident that the bandh was successful and as of 11 AM, no incident has been reported while the protest march from Town Hall to Freedom Park is yet to start. The police ha ve closed this road for traffic, anyway.
Otherwise, response for the bandh is effective across the city, BMTC and KSRTC buses are completely off roads but several autos are running and charging triple fare or any amount that the drivers can demand. Some petrol bunks were opened in the morning bu soon they were also shut down.
The bandh is expected to end by 6 pm but there is no confirmation that BMTC buses will be back on the road for night travel. It is advised not to plan outing late in the night as no buses will be available as per the regular schedule.
Private cabs like Ola and Uber are available but there is apprehension that they may fall short or come under pressure to cancel the service anytime. Last time when national bandh was called, Ola and Uber have run successfully in Mumbai and it may bring some cheer to affected passengers or travellers.
Nearly 1,000 organizations have supported the bandh seeking the drinking and farming water projects in the state that are being opposed by Goa and Tamil Nadu.
Last month a state government delegation had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek his intervention to solve the water problem between Karnataka and Goa and was reportedly by the Prime Minister whether Karnataka was meely politicizing the issue.