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K`taka bandh: Protest in Attibelle over Mahadayi River dispute

Prime News, State, (Bengaluru), January 25:-Protest was held in Attibelle during state-wide bandh in Karnataka against the “Centre’s apathy” towards the Mahadayi River water dispute.

However, no effect of bandh has been seen yet in Kalaburagi.

A holiday has been declared for all the schools and colleges in Ballari district on Thursday.

“Schools and colleges in Ballari district of Karnataka will remain closed on Thursday in the light of the state-wide bandh called by the pro-Kannada organisations and farmers’ welfare associations”, Deputy Commissioner Ramprasath Manohar said.

The protesting groups called for the bandh seeking the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the long-standing Mahadayi River water dispute between Goa and Karnataka.

However, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) have decided to operate buses as usual.

Massive police security was provided across the state to ensure peace and peaceful protests were reported in most parts of the State.
However some isolated incidents of stone pelting on Goa registered cars were reported while protesters tried to stop trains in some places.

Karnataka and neighbouring Goa have conflicting interests on the issue of sharing Mahadayi River water. While the river originates in Karnataka, a major part of it flows in Goa.

Karnataka plans to divert waters from the river to Malaprabha basin in the state.

The pro-Kannada organisations and organisations of farming communities had earlier also called for bandh over the dispute.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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