Bengaluru Bandh Today: Today against the Congress government of Karnataka The Federation of the Karnataka State Private Transport Associations has called the bandh. All private vehicles plying in the Karnataka capital will stop their services today. The Bengaluru bandh began Sunday midnight and will continue till Monday midnight. According to media reports, some private schools of the city have declared holiday today.
Why was the bandh called?
Last June 2023, the Siddaramaiah-led Karnataka government launched the Shakti program to provide free travel for women in non-premium government buses in the state. The protest, organized by the Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Associations representing over 32,000 private vehicles, is expected to have a significant impact on the city’s transport infrastructure. According to media reports, their income has reduced due to this scheme of Karnataka government. Transport unions are demanding compensation from the government for their losses. The bandh is likely to affect the operation of private taxis, cabs, buses and cars, further affecting the city’s transport system.
Government on alert mode
Karnataka Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy has geared up in view of the announcement of Bengaluru bandh. Instructed officials to deploy more BMTC buses on routes with high number of autos and cabs. If there are school or college examinations in Bengaluru on September 11, then deploy state transport buses on those routes. To facilitate this, get information from all the schools and colleges and make bus arrangements.
Increase the number of buses near hospitals and textile factories so that patients and women do not face any problems. He also said that organizations which are not participating in the bandh should provide security to auto, cab and bus drivers associated with those organizations so that they can work during the bandh. However, in view of the bandh call, some private schools have been closed.