Hindustan Times (Delhi)

K’taka shutdown logs out India’s techno hub

- Indoasian News Service letters@hindustant­imes.com

BENGALURU: A shutdown across Karnataka on Thursday logged out India’s tech hub, with IT majors Infosys, Wipro and other multinatio­nal firms suspending their operations for the day.

Infosys campuses at Electronic­s City on the city outskirts and other locations were closed on Thursday till 6.30pm as result of the shutdown. The IT major’s offices in Mysuru and Mangaluru were also shut.

A Wipro official said in a statement: “On account of the shutdown, as a precaution­ary measure, Wipro has declared a holiday for employees in Karnataka on Thursday.”

The 12-hour shutdown is being observed across the southern state for Mahadayi river water from the neighbouri­ng state of Goa to meet the drinking needs of the people in the state’s four northwest districts of Belagavi, Bagalkote, Dharwad and Hubballi.

As a sidelight, the shutdown also resulted in delaying screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmaavat in the state to late evening.

Localities like Whitefield, a suburb in the northeaste­rn part of the city, and Manyata Tech Park in the northern part, housing several global IT giants like Microsoft, IBM and Cognizant, have also suspended their operations for the day.

The southern state capital is home to at least 750 multinatio­nal companies and over 2,000 IT firms, with nearly 20 lakh techies working in them.

With a dominant IT industry, the city contribute­s to about 40% of the total IT exports. Farmers and pro-kannada organisati­ons and regional outfits have given the dawn-to-dusk shutdown call for the Prime Minister’s interventi­on to resolve the two decades’ old inter-state dispute over the sharing of the river water for drinking and irrigation needs in the four drought-prone districts.

GOA SUSPENDS BUSES

PANAJI: The Goa government-run Kadamba Transport Corporatio­n Limited (KTCL) suspended its bus services to Karnataka on Thursday due to the bandh.

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