Cauvery water dispute: Karnataka bandh cripples life in tech city Bengaluru [Photos]

As the Cauvery row gained momentum, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call forthwith 'on a few hours notice' a meeting of chief ministers of the two states to end the impasse.

FP Staff September 09, 2016 20:16:44 IST
A mass strike shut down India's technology capital Bangalore on Friday, with hundreds of companies forced to remain closed and public transport services cancelled as thousands took to the streets over water shortages. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
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A mass strike shut down India's technology capital Bangalore on Friday, with hundreds of companies forced to remain closed and public transport services cancelled as thousands took to the streets over water shortages. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
Pro-Kannada activists had called for a total shut down to protest against the state government releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu on a Supreme Court directive amid deficit rains. Bengaluru was hit by protests and roads bore a deserted look. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
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Pro-Kannada activists had called for a total shut down to protest against the state government releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu on a Supreme Court directive amid deficit rains. Bengaluru was hit by protests and roads bore a deserted look. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
Schools, shops and some government offices also remained closed and there were few private vehicles on the usually clogged roads in the sprawling capital of Karnataka. Technology outsourcing giants Infosys and Wipro said they had told staff to take the day off and make up the time at the weekend. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
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Schools, shops and some government offices also remained closed and there were few private vehicles on the usually clogged roads in the sprawling capital of Karnataka. Technology outsourcing giants Infosys and Wipro said they had told staff to take the day off and make up the time at the weekend. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
As the Cauvery row gained momentum, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call forthwith "on a few hours notice" a meeting of chief ministers of the two states to end the impasse. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
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As the Cauvery row gained momentum, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call forthwith "on a few hours notice" a meeting of chief ministers of the two states to end the impasse. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
Bengaluru Town hall was also relatively deserted with occassional spurts of protests against the government's decission to comply with the Supreme Court order and release water of the Cauvery river. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
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Bengaluru Town hall was also relatively deserted with occassional spurts of protests against the government's decission to comply with the Supreme Court order and release water of the Cauvery river. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
According to reports, some 5,000 protesters took to the streets of Bangalore, some burning tyres and effigies of Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
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According to reports, some 5,000 protesters took to the streets of Bangalore, some burning tyres and effigies of Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
Bowing to the apex court's order, the state has been releasing daily 15,000 cusecs from early Wednesday from Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) and Kabini reservoirs across the river basin for 10 days amid protests and demonstrations by farmers, traders and youth across the state. Firstpost / Janaki Murali
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Bowing to the apex court's order, the state has been releasing daily 15,000 cusecs from early Wednesday from Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) and Kabini reservoirs across the river basin for 10 days amid protests and demonstrations by farmers, traders and youth across the state. Firstpost / Janaki Murali