Cauvery dispute: IT, e-comm majors shut offices after sporadic violence hit Bengaluru

Bengaluru: A day after the outbreak of violence over the issue of sharing Cauvery water with Tamil Nadu, offices of IT giants TCS, Infosys and Wipro as also e-commerce majors Flipkart and Amazon remained closed in the city on Tuesday.

Many employees were asked to work from home as the companies invoked business continuity plans to ensure there is no disruption to mission-critical projects.

Agitations in Karnataka. PTI

Agitations in Karnataka. PTI

India's top three IT firms – Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Wipro – which have a significant presence in the city declared a holiday on Tuesday. The three alone have over 70,000 people working at their campuses in the country's IT capital.

In an e-mailed statement, Wipro said: "Wipro has declared a holiday for employees in Karnataka on Tuesday, 13 September. In lieu of this holiday, Saturday, 17 September, will be a
working day for offices of Wipro in the state."

It added that business continuity plans had been invoked to avoid disruption to mission-critical projects.

An Amazon India spokesperson said delivery of products has been temporarily impacted owing to the current situation.

"We will resume all deliveries at the earliest. We have advised our employees to work from home today and continue to monitor developments," she added.

Flipkart Head (Supply Chain Operations) Neeraj Aggarwal said the company has stalled operations to ensure the safety of its delivery staff.

"We are trying to mitigate all customer impact by keeping them informed about expected delays," he added.

One person was killed and another injured in police firing in Karnataka yesterday as the Cauvery water sharing row with Tamil Nadu turned violent, escalating tension between the two

Bengaluru city police, bolstered by central forces, is keeping a tight vigil, particularly in areas inhabited by Tamils and other "sensitive" localities.

Violence targeting Tamil Nadu buses and lorries and other vehicles put the city on edge on Tuesday and the curfew was imposed in 16 police station limits on Monday night. The entire city is under prohibitory orders till 14 September.

Updated Date: Sep 13, 2016 19:29 PM

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