Bengaluru to observe complete shutdown on September 26

Bengaluru to observe complete shutdown on September 26

Bengaluru is planning to observe a complete shutdown on September 26 due to the contentious release of the Cauvery River water to Tamil Nadu.

Farmers and pro-Kannada groups have declared a bandh on Tuesday to be held from 6am to 6pm.

The bandh is a threat to normal life in the city, with schools, colleges, government offices, banks, ATMs, public and private transportation, shops, commercial establishments, and restaurants and hotels expected to be closed. Essential services such as hospitals, nursing homes, medical shops, emergency services, petrol pumps, and water supply, electricity, and sanitation services are expected to remain open.

The Cauvery Water Management Authority has urged Karnataka to continue releasing 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for an additional 15 days, based on a recommendation by the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee.

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The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited has announced that Namma Metro services will continue to function without interruption. Medical shops, healthcare clinics, hospitals, and government offices will remain open and functional.

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As president of Ola Uber Drivers and Owners Association, Tanveer Pasha, acknowledges the company's involvement in the bandh in Bengaluru. It will also affect airport taxis, which will be affected by the bandh.

Bus services will be disrupted because the KSRTC Staff & Workers Federation, a major union, has decided to participate in the bandh, the AITUC-backed KSRTC Staff & Workers Federation.

Although Shashikumar, the chief executive of the PSC, said that they would show their solidarity with wearing black bands around their arms, many schools and colleges are yet to declare a holiday.

The hotel and restaurant groups expressed their support for the bandh and said their establishments would remain closed.

There will be a impact on public transport facilities for travel to and from the airport, said Akasa Air.

23 local transport facilities may be affected. Passengers are advised to allow enough time for their journey and report at least 180 minutes before departure to avoid any last-minute hassle, SpiceJet said in a statement.

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

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