Karnataka limps back to normalcy, suffers Rs 22,000 crore loss

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Photo source: Facebook/Bangalore city police
Back to normalcy (Photo: Facebook/Bangalore city police)

Different places in Karnataka and Bengaluru particular have together suffered losses between Rs 22,000 crore to Rs 25,000 crore during the Cauvery protests, which hit transport services and businesses. These places have got a semblance of normalcy  life.

More than 350 vandals have been arrested in Bengaluru, where buses were burnt and shops were damaged on Monday. Curfew was removed from 16 violence-hit areas of the city this morning, but prohibitory orders continued in the IT-hub.

Though bus services in Bengaluru resumed on September 13 evening, but Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses to Tamil Nadu and Kerala have not yet resumed services. The Metro in Bengaluru started operations from September 14.

Domestic airlines, Air India, Indigo, Vistara and Jet Airways have announced to waive flight cancellation/ rescheduling changes for flights up to Bengaluru.

During the violence , the protesters hit tech firms such as Flipkart and Amazon said their operations had been impacted and TeamLease feared “mammoth losses”. The streets were deserted all day on Tuesday. Buses were off the roads and resumed only in the evening.

Protesters had set on fire around 56 private buses in Bengaluru. Buses worth Rs 50 crore were lost when around 200 protesters entered the bus depot and hurled crude petrol bombs at the buses. Also, 152 KMTC and BMTC buses were damaged, thereby causing a loss of Rs 20 crore o both the corporations.

A protest led by garment factory workers on Hosur road and Tumkur road attacked 50 buses of KSRTC of which seven were set on fire. At least seven KSRTC buses were set on fire by the protesters, 80 BMTC buses were stoned and 11 including two Volvo buses that were gutted by the vandals.

Making an appeal to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Assocham stated the large-scale violence has ‘dented Bengaluru’s image’ as the Silicon Valley is home to many of the Fortune 500 companies. “With vital infrastructure, transport including, roads, rail and air and inability of the workforce to move to and from offices,” said Rawat.