Goa suspends bus services

Panaji: The Goa government-run Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) suspended its bus services to Karnataka on Thursday owing to the bandh called in the neighbouring state over Mahadayi dispute.

In another development, the Goa government has set up a four-member committee to monitor any possible activity in Maharashtra or Karnataka to divert the river water. 

Several pro-Kannada outfits have called for the statewide dawn-to-dusk bandh on Thursday in Karnataka, demanding the prime minister's intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa. 

The KTCL has been plying its buses, connecting Panaji to various places in Karnataka, like Belagavi, Hubli, Bagalkot, Bengaluru and others. "The services to Karnataka have been suspended for a day due to the strike called by them. The services will resume once the strike is called off," KTCL's managing director Deryk Natto told PTI.

He said 23 buses which were regularly plying to Karnataka have been kept off the road till further orders. However, the buses to Hyderabad, which have to pass through Karnataka, moved during the early hours today before the bandh started, Natto said. On Wednesday, seven buses had moved to Hyderabad and those vehicles are parked safely at a depot there, he added. 

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