Akasa Air issues advisory ahead of bandh in Bengaluru

Akasa Air issues advisory ahead of bandh in Bengaluru

On Monday, Akasa Air issued an advisory for its passengers in Bengaluru ahead of the bandh announced in the Karnataka capital.

The Pro-Kannada groups have given a call for protest against the release of 5,000 cusecs of Cauvery River water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

The organisation appealed to schools, colleges, shopkeepers, owners of various commercial establishments, factories, companies and transporters to support their call for a shut down.

'It may be an impact on public transportation facilities for travel to and from the airport,' said Akasa Air.

The official call for a standoff in Bengaluru was given on Saturday by farmers and pro-Kannada outfits observing Last week, the Cauvery Water Management Authority had directed Karnataka to continue releasing 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for another 15 days, after the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee made such a recommendation last week.

The Supreme Court has also refused to interfere with the orders of the CWMA and CWRC of Karnataka to release 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu, resulting in protests erupted in different parts of the state. Karnataka has argued that it was not in a position to release water, considering its own requirement for drinking water and irrigation of standing crops in the Cauvery basin regions, as there has been a water scarcity due to the monsoon rains.

As part of the bandh, the airport taxi services are likely to be affected, however, Namma Metro services will continue to operate as usual by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited.

Due to restrictions, essential services such as hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies and government offices will remain open.

Kannada film industry has expressed support for the bandh and therefore, movie theaters in the city are expected to remain closed.