Karnataka Bandh: All schools, colleges and other education institutions in Bengaluru will remain closed today in view of the bandh call amid protest against the Cauvery river water being released to Tamil Nadu.
Pro-Kannada group called 'Kannada Okkuta', farmer unions and several other organisations have given the bandh call for September 29.
The functioning of schools and colleges in the state was also hampered during the previous bandh call on September 26.
In view of the bandh call, Section 144 has been imposed in Mandya district. Schools and colleges will remain closed tomorrow, Mandya DM Dr Tarun Kumar informed.
The Cauvery water crisis has once again surfaced in Karnataka with the water tribunals ordering the state to release 3,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till October 16. The government is facing a challenge of handling a series of bandhs and protests across the state.
With the release of water to Tamil Nadu, it is almost certain that the standing crops which require 79 TMC of water will not get it.
The fulfillment of drinking water needs of Bengaluru city throughout the summer is also going to be another challenge. The requirement of the state for drinking water up to June 2024 is about 33 TMC.
Tamil Nadu had demanded for the release of 12,500 cusecs of water. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar said that the rains received in August and September were the lowest in 125 years.