Kannada outfits and farmers will hold bandh tomorrow (25th January 2018) over Mahadayi river water sharing row.
A second bandh has been called for 4 February to be observed in Bengaluru. Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the city on the same day to attend BJP’s Parivarthana rally.
As of now the District administration has not issued any order of closure of educational institutions.
Bandhs have been called to demand the implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri dam project. The project, which has been hanging since 2002, was expected to provide water to the parched North Karnataka by diverting a portion of the water.
Karnataka seeks the release of 7.56 tmcft water to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and Gadag.
Karnataka has been asking Goa since 2001 to release 7.6 thousand million cubic feet of the river water to meet the drinking and crop irrigation needs of its people in the drought-prone four districts. Karnataka plans to build two canals at Kalasa and Banduri, the river’s tributaries in the state, to divert and supply the water to the four districts.