Cauvery protest sparks uncertainty, a long weekend and holiday plans

Cauvery protest sparks uncertainty, a long weekend and holiday plans

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-09-08 21:12 Bengaluru: With the bandh on Friday and back to back festivals on September 13 and 14 due to Bakrid and Onam, there is a perfect five-day holiday for many, beginning tomorrow.People from neighboring Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Goa, and Tamil Nadu, and even different cities in Karnataka who work in Bengaluru, will have an opportunity go home on a holiday, or to go out on a trip to destination near the city.Although there is confusion and even a bit of tension over tomorrow's situation due to Cauvery agitation, anticipating the demand once the strike ends in the evening, hospitality industry comprising hotels, tourism agents, bus operators and online booking portals have begun offering lucrative offers. A few hotels, homestays and transport operators have increased lodging charges and ticket prices."We have a good fleet of buses, but for the last few days, we are not plying on Mysuru route as there is a protest. We hope to witness an increase in bookings from Saturday night onwards. Usually, passengers take the Friday night buses, but the bandh tomorrow has created uncertainty and insecurity," B P Chinmay, Vice President, SRS travels, said.Websites catering to holiday-makers have started offering attractive discounts at premium properties, and drawing visitors wanting to book tourist destinations in Goa and Kerala.Sarita N, a techie who was looking for a long break, says this list of holidays was like blessing for her."I will stay at home tomorrow because of the bandh. But I and my friends will be taking bus to Goa on Saturday for four-day holiday," says Sarita.Neethu George, a dentist in Bangalore, who was all set to go home to Kerala for Onam, complained about price gouging."I had to pay a thousand more for the bus as it was difficult to get tickets. I paid two thousand and travelling to Keralatonight,” she said.