Karnataka bandh over Mahadayi river dispute disrupts normal life

Lydia Fleming
January 27, 2018

The protesting groups called for the bandh seeking the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the long-standing Mahadayi River water dispute between Goa and Karnataka.

The state government has deployed police personnel to maintain law and order situation.

Most public transport services and taxis are expected to continue normal services.

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The project is being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag. "Bandh has got very good response". However, the move was opposed by then Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who claimed that the proposal could be ecologically disastrous for the Western Ghats of the coastal state.

Similarly, a Bengaluru bandh has been called on February 4 also, when the Prime Minister is visiting the poll-bound state to take part in "Nav Karnataka Parivartan Yatra" of the state unit in the city. Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on Thursday, film producer Sa Ra Govindu demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene in the Mahadayi river water sharing row and direct the Goa government to share water with Karnataka.

However, BJP has alleged that the Congress-led Karnataka state government calling a state-wide bandh on Thursday and on February 4 is politically motivated.

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The river originates in Karnataka and flows for 29 kilometres through the state.

With Amit Shah, BJP National President attending the last Parivartana rally in Mysuru, the BJP in the state has charged CM Siddaramaiah of hatching this plan to stop Shah from addressing people in the CM's own backyard.

Though a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Bengaluru as a pre-cautionary measure, they may remain open in some districts in the state's northern and coastal regions to complete the syllabus.

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Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra are now involved in a dispute in the tribunal over controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam project across Mhadei river, through which Karnataka aims to divert water from the Mahadayi basin to nearby basin on the Malaprabha river. Hoping to end Congress' rule in the state, BJP is banking on Modi and Shah to boost its prospects in the state where the Grand Old Party too is on a strong wicket.

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