Bengaluru, September 29: Karnataka is today witnessing a statewide bandh called by pro-Kannada and farmer groups disrupting normal life chores. Bengaluru will experience its second strike after the city was under bandh on Tuesday, September 26. The bandh comes after ‘Kannada Okkuta,’ an umbrella body of various pro-Kannada organisations, have called for a Karnataka bandh on September 29 demanding the state government to stop the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

Organisation leader and former MLA Vatal Nagaraj has threatened to halt traffic on National Highways and appealed to Sandalwood actors to take part in the protest march in the city on Friday. Karnataka Bandh: Normal Life Likely To Be Affected in Bengaluru Over Release of Cauvery Water to Tamil Nadu Amid Government’s Effort To Minimise Impact.

This will be the week's second protest in the state and will be staged today, September 29 2023. The Karnataka Bandh Timings are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM and more than 1,900 organisations are participating in the Bandh. To maintain peace, Section 144 will be imposed for 24 hours from Thursday midnight and organisations are expected to protest only at Freedom Park as permission for the Bandh otherwise, has been denied by the police. Bengaluru Bandh Impact? Karnataka Govt Refuses to Releases More Cauvery Water As Tamil Nadu Demands 12,500 Cusecs of Water.

Karnataka Bandh Today

Karnataka Bandh Today: What's Open And What's Not

Hotels, auto-rickshaws and hail riders associations have supported the bandh in Karnataka.

Keeping the bandh in mind, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which prohibits assembly of four or more people in a specific area, will remain in place in Bengaluru from Thursday midnight to Friday midnight.

Services like Ola and Uber, Autorickshaws, Labour-oriented works, Truck transportation, Markets, Street vendors, Hotels, Theaters, Malls, Private buses and Bakeries will be closed while Hospital, Pharmacies, Ambulance services, Metro service and Milk parlours will be open.

Extending moral support to those protesting against releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, schools and colleges have declared holidays.

All buses and metro services will function as usual without any interruptions. All KSRTC, BMTC and other transport corporations have not announced any support for today’s Bandh.

All public and private banks will commence operations without any changes in their timings.

The protest is likely to affect normal life in Bengaluru and several parts of Karnataka as the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) has yet again ordered the state to release 3,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for 18 days.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Sep 29, 2023 07:53 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website