With even Namma Metro lending its support to September 9 bandh over the Cauvery dispute, it seems like all public and private transport system plying in the Bengaluru city will be hit until 6 pm.
Various unions of bus, auto and taxi drivers have joined the bandh call. Taxis from Bengaluru airport are also unlikely to ply. Some private taxi aggregations have not yet announced that they will completely shut down services, and have said they will decide after watching how the conditions are.
BMRCL public relations officer said that metro trains will not run on Friday. However, if the situation seems conducive, they might resume services.
Several parts of Karnataka are likely to face a complete shut down on Friday, and various services will be unavailable between 6 am and 6 pm. The bandh is likely to be near total in Mandya, Mysuru and Bengaluru districts. Emergency services - medical shops and hospitals - will function. Milk supply, vegetables and fruit markets will mostly remain open.
A call for a bandh was given following the Supreme Court’s order asking Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water every day to Tamil Nadu for ten days.
Government buses, private buses and auto rickshaws will not operate between 6am and 6pm.
Banks, government offices, recreational establishments will be shut. Lawyers, petrol bunk owners have also extended support, said Sa Ra Govindu, president of Karnataka State Film Chamber Association.
Sources say that cable operators might block Tamil channels on Friday.
D Shashi Kumar, Organising Secretary of the Karnataka State Private Schools Managements' Federation told The News Minute, that all private schools in the state have declared a holiday.