Bengaluru, Sep 14: The violence-hit city Bengaluru came back to normalcy on Wednesday after a day of uneasy calm when people in large-scale stepped out on streets to protest against the raging Cauvery water sharing issue with Tamil Nadu.
According to the Bengaluru city police, curfew in 16 police stations and ban orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code will remain in force until further notice.
Buses, taxis, autos and metro rail resumed their services on Wednesday. Thousands of people were seen going to offices and workplaces across the city.
Passengers going to or alighting at railway junctions and bus terminals in the city and the airport on the outskirts are able to get transport as trains, inter-state buses and flights are operating on schedule.
“Security across the city remains tight and ban order under section 144 of the CrPC on assembling of more than five persons at public places and populated areas continues till further order to ensure peace and prevent any untoward incident,” said Police Commissioner N.S. Megharikh.
However, schools and colleges have declared holiday on the occasion of Onam festival and remained shut in curfew-hit areas to avoid inconvenience.
“Educational institutions, offices and businesses will remain shut in curfew-bound areas as a precautionary measure,” Megharikh said.
Situation at Mandya and Mysuru in the river basin is also under control amid peaceful protests by farmers, traders and youth against releasing water to the lower riparian state.
Meanwhile, state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is waiting for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to seek his intervention in the inter-state water row.
Siddaramaiah wrote a letter to Modi on September 9 for convening a meeting of the chief ministers of both the states and his intervention to resolve the vexed issue after the Supreme Court ordered the state to release 15,000 cusecs of the river water to Tamil Nadu on September 5 for 10 days and extended it to September 20, reducing the quantum of release to 12,000 cusecs per day.