Karnataka bandh over Mahadayi river water dispute : Life partially affected

Karnataka bandh on Thursday over Mahadayi water dispute; schools, several offices to remain closed

Further the police said elaborate security arrangements have been made across the state to ensure that no untoward incident occurs.

Shah said within four years, more than 20 activists of BJP and RSS had been killed. What makes Modi's visit crucial is that, with this rally, he will kick start the party's election campaign in the state.

Meanwhile, Amit Shah who was present in Mysuru today stated the shutdown as "politically motivated" and accused the state government of calling satewide shutdown to prevent PM Modi's rally on February 4.

Though Siddaramaiah has claimed that he does not support any such bandh, members of his party have openly supported the farmers' organisations on this issue. Various pro-Kannada organisations led by the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike and Vatal Nagaraj, leader of Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha (KCVP) are leading the bandh all over the state.

"As directed by the government, a team of engineers is hereby constituted to constantly watch over and monitor periodically, any work, if carried out on the Mahadayi river or its tributaries in Maharashtra as well as Karnataka", the order said. This will help in augmenting the drinking water supply to Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag. Until his intervention, we will conduct protests at different stages. They cite previous instances of similar bandhs leading to no breakthrough in the existing crisis.

The Mahaydai Water Disputes Tribunal, headed by JN Panchal, on 28 July, 2016 rejected the state's petition for releasing the river water, citing various grounds, including ecological damage the twin canal projects may cause.

The response to the shutdown call, to seek PM's intervention in the Mahadayi river dispute, ranged from total to poor in rest of the state. It was only in 1985 that the central government intervened to resolve the crisis.

The 77km-long Mahadayi or Mandovi river, which flows through Karnataka and Goa, is at the centre of the issue.

The protestors are demanding the implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri dam project.

Former Prime Minister and Janatal Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda has termed the Congress chief-minister Siddaramaiah's Govt.in the State as the "worst" he has ever seen in his life.



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