Barath Bandh
BMTC Kempegowda Bus Station, more commonly known as Majestic Bus Station during a bandh in 6 October, 2012. [Representational Image]Reuters File

With the state government supporting the 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh in Karnataka observed by several pro-Kannada outfits on Saturday, normal life across the state has been affected.

Total Bandh on Saturday

The bandh will be total across the state as various Karnataka government departments have sanctoned a day's earned leave to six lakh state government employees on Saturday, reports said.

Unlike the 5 September strike observed by farmers' associations, the state-wide bandh called by Kannada Okkoota federation on Saturday for speedy implementation of the potable water projects has received support from at least 1,080 organisations.

Political parties like Janata Dal Secular will also participate in the state-wide bandh.

Commuters using public transport are likely to be the most affected as the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bruhat Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will observe strike on Saturday. 

Auto rickshaw, taxi and lorry owners' associations have also joined the bandh.

In Bengaluru, roads are expected to be blocked from Town Hall Circle to Freedom Park as protesters will hold a march at 10am. 

Schools will remain shut as the Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in the state has requested the education department to declare holiday on Saturday.

Water and milk supplies as well as medical services will be unaffected.

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Bengaluru City (West zone) Additional Commissioner of Police Pratap Reddy has advised commuters to avoid Freedom Park, Majestic & Mysore Bank from 11am to 2pm.

The strike is reportedly peaceful across the state.