BANGALORE: Normal life is hit in the city and also in the river basin districts due to the dawn-to-dusk ‘Karnataka bandh’ called by Kannada outfits to oppose the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
In the state capital, few people pelted stones on some Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses and damaged the window-panes.
Reports suggest that the bandh has received good response as normal life is hit hard in the state, and Cauvery basin districts of Mandya, Mysore, Hassan and Chamarajanagar.
People were seen stranded at railway stations and bus stands with buses belonging to Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. Many autorickshaws were off the roads.
The Chamundi Express was halted at Srirangapatna and not permitted to proceed to Mysore. Security has been beefed up with 80,000 police and other personnel have been deployed to check any untoward incidents.
The state government started releasing 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu after Supreme Court directed it to abide by the September 19 order of the Cauvery River Authority.