Bandh over Mhadei disrupts life in K'taka

Todd Singleton
January 27, 2018

In view of the Karnataka bandh called by various organisations against the "Centre's apathy" towards the Mahadayi River water dispute, a holiday has been declared for all the schools and colleges in Ballari district on Thursday.

"This shows the Parivarthana Rally of the BJP has instilled fear in the mind of the Congress Party", alleged Shah, adding that the Siddaramaiah government, which halted buses and imposed a total shutdown in the state, would try to do it again on February 4, to disrupt Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at Bengaluru.

Further the police said elaborate security arrangements have been made across the state to ensure that no untoward incident occurs. Karnataka is observing a state-wide bandh in support of getting Mahadayi water into Karnataka.

BJP termed the bandh "politically motivated" claiming that the ruling Congress was involved. Pro-Kannada organisations led by the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike are also staging rail roko. They have raised concerns about alienation of the people who might feel inconvenienced due to frequent bandhs.

The Mahadayi river (Mandovi in Goa) rises in the Western Ghats in Karnataka's Belagavi district.

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"Modi government has increased Karnataka's share in central revenues from Rs 88,583 crore under 13th Finance Commission to Rs 2,19,500 crore under the 14th Finance Commission".

Since 2001, Karnataka has been asking Goa to release 7.6 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of the river water. Karnataka and Goa locked horns over the Mahadayi river issue to supply water for few towns for drinking goal through Kalasa-Banduri canal. Repeated efforts by the state seeking Prime Minister's intervention to solve the issue, have also not been successful.

Earlier in December, Parrikar met with Shah and BS Yeddyurappa and had renewed discussions on the issue, later even sending a letter to Yeddyurappa assuring him that the Goa government would not oppose the water sharing agreement.

The farmers also stoned a auto with a Goa registration number in Nargund and blocked the National Highway-218 between Hubballi and Vijaypur.

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