A statewide bandh has been called in Bengaluru on September 26. Several organizations have requested that schools, colleges, commercial companies, and transporters support their state-wide bandh. The Farmers’ Organizations and several pro-Kannada groups have collectively called for a bandh in Bengaluru on September 26.
Why Bengaluru Schools Closed on 26 September 2023?
The Bengaluru schools are closed due to a statewide bandh after the release of 5000 cusecs of the Cauvery River to the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. The concerned organizations will conduct a protest march in the city starting from Town Hall to Mysore Bank Circle at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.
On September 25, several groups of farmers held a protest in the state of Tamil Nadu regarding an ongoing dispute with Karnataka over the Cauvery River. Those farmers were demanding the release of the Cauvery River in Tamil Nadu.
The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) ordered the state of Karnataka to release 5000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for 15 days, and this order was effective on September 13. Meanwhile, farmers and other organizations in Karnataka are protesting to stop the Cauvery water.
Will all Bengaluru schools close on September 26, 2023?
The protesters have requested that educational institutes, offices, and other institutions remain closed on September 26, but the government of Karnataka has not issued any official statement regarding the bandh. In solidarity with the protest, the Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka will remain closed on September 26.
Also, private transport services like taxis, buses, and autos won’t be running. The Press Trust of India (PTI) has advised parents and students to remain in contact with their schools and teachers for any further updates.