Most business establishments stay open, no blackout of entertainment channels
The Statewide bandh called on Saturday by various Kannada organisations met with a lukewarm response in Bijapur district.
The bandh was called by various Kannada organisations to protest against the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) direction to Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu.
Bus services were hit till noon, but were resumed later. Private bus services and autorickshaw service were unaffected.
Most business establishments functioned as usual. Private schools were closed, but banks and offices worked as usual.
The Karnataka State Cable TV Operators’ Association and theatre owners association had directed their members to pull the plug on entertainment channels and suspend film screenings during bandh hours.
However, entertainment channels were shown as usual and only the first show was cancelled in cinemas.
At the APMC yard
Activities at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard were hit as workers and traders shut stalls. The vegetable market remained largely unaffected.
Movement of traffic was normal in busy market areas such as Shastri Market and M.G. Road.
Meanwhile, members of a few Kannada organisations staged a protest at M.G. Circle and later submitted memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.
The bandh passed off peacefully with no reports of any untoward incidents.