NEW DELHI: Normal life has been disrupted in many parts of Karnataka as pro-Kannada and farmers’ organisations went ahead with their bandh call to protest the release of Cauvery river water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu. While the bandh garnered mixed response in many parts of the state, commuters suffered the most with air, land and rail traffic affected. Here are the key points:
Flight services affected
A total of 44 flights to and from Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru were cancelled due to the bandh. Additionally, 2 flights from Mangaluru airport were also cancelled. However, services at Mysuru airport remained normal.
Harrowing time for commuters
The bandh made life difficult for commuters as they faced challenges in reaching their destinations. Many passengers missed their flights, buses, and trains due to the disruptions caused by the bandh.
Section 144 in Karnataka districts
Section 144 was imposed in several districts of Karnataka, including Bengaluru Urban, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Ramanagara, and Hassan.
Bus operations affected
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) reported that only 59.88% of bus operations were functioning in the southern parts of Karnataka. Mysuru and Chamarajanagar were the worst-hit divisions in terms of bus operations.
Protests outside airport
Farmers and pro-Kannada organizations staged protests outside Kempegowda International Airport. They gathered near the arrival gate to register their protest.
Roads blocked in major cities
Agitators blocked roads in major cities including Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya, and Chamarajanagar. This led to a chaotic situation, with traffic disruptions.
Cold response in some districts
Karnataka bandh received cold response in Ballari, Kalaburagi and Vijayanagara district. Bus, auto and cab traffic was as usual. However, there was a slight decrease in the number of passengers. In Ballari, vehicular traffic returned to normal after police cleared the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists who staged a symbolic protest by burning tires on the highway.