The Karnataka bandh called by organisations over the Mahadayi watersharing issue has had little impacrt in Dakshina Kannada district with normal life remaining unaffected.
Except buses of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), all other public transport services, including private city and service buses, goods vehicles, taxis and autorickshaws operated as usual. Business establishments, hotels and eateries functioned normally. Schools, colleges, offices of government and public sector undertakings too functioned routinely.
KSRTC’s decision to suspend even local services — city as well as inter-district — affected schoolchildren and employees who are entirely dependant upon them. Students and employees from solely-KSRTC operated areas, namely Puttur, Sullia and Belthangady, had a difficult time reaching their institutions or offices. People were surprised with the KSRTC’s decision to suspend operations even though it was known that the bandh would have little impact in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.
However, KSRTC Mangaluru Divisional Controller M. Deepak Kumar said most of the staff was from North Karnataka and initially hesitated to take the buses out. A dharna by KSRTC Staff and Workers Federation members too contributed to the disruption of services. After assessing the situation along with the district administration, services resumed by around 10.30 a.m., Mr. Kumar said.