B'lore IT industry works normally despite tension
Shops and business establishments in the central business district decided to open later after seeing the situation.india Updated: Feb 06, 2007 13:49 IST
The city's globally known IT business functioned normally on Tuesday, though with a drop in attendance, even as thousands of farmers in Karnataka staged angry protests demanding equitable share of the waters of the Cauvery river, the state's lifeline.
Many private offices also opened, but with depleted staff.
While flights from the city airport and train services from the three railway terminals in the city remain unaffected, public and private bus services were scaled down, especially those towards neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh states.
Essential services and supply of commodities remained normal. Shops and business establishments in the central business district decided to open later after seeing the situation.
"Though the situation is under control in the city, there is an uneasy calm in the sensitive areas where Tamil-speaking people are present in large numbers. Picketing and patrolling have been intensifed to prevent any untoward incident. There have been no reports of violence so far," city police commissioner N Achut Rao said.
Cable operators were blocking Tamil channels fearing attacks by Kannada chauvinists. News and entertainment channels, which were blacked out on Monday, resumed since morning. Cinema theatres showing Tamil films have decided to remain shut till the weekend.
Armed policemen continue to maintain vigil across the city and suburbs to control the uneasy situation from going out of hand.
The state government has ordered closure of educational institutions, including schools and colleges in the city, and also in Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajnagar districts.
Karnataka is upset over the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal verdict Monday allocating 270 thousand million cubic feet of water to the state against 419 to Tamil Nadu. The Cauvery flows through both states and has been the river of contention between the people of two for over a century.