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Mahadayi dispute: Bandh near-total in Bengaluru

The usually chock-a-block traffic was absent on the Hebbal flyover in Bengaluru owing to the Statewide bandh over the Mahadayi row, on Thursday.Sudhakara Jain  

The Statewide bandh called on Thursday by various organisations to pressurise the Centre to resolve the Mahadayi row between Karnataka and Goa, elicited a good response in Bengaluru with BMTC and KSRTC buses staying off the road and many shops shut.

Besides minor incidents of stone-pelting, the bandh was by and large peaceful. Over 15,000 police personnel, along with 50 platoons of KSRP and CAR police, were posted for security in and around the city. Metro services were unaffected and commuters relied on taxis and autos.

The CBD and tech parks in Bengluru were deserted. Many IT companies remained closed. The bandh received a good response in the Malaprabha command areas of northern Karnataka. Nargund in Gadag district, the epicentre of the Mahadayi agitation, remained shut.

It received lukewarm response in the districts in the coastal belt and Malnad region, apart from Bagalkot, Belagavi, Koppal, Ballari, Kalaburagi, Raichur, and Yadgir.