Bengaluru: India’s IT hub, home to the country’s best-known software firms as well as the local arms of multinational technology companies, shut down on Tuesday after violent protests on Monday over the Cauvery water dispute.

The city is also home to several start-ups and e-commerce firms, including the two largest, Amazon’s Indian arm, and Flipkart.

Companies may have lost Rs22,000-25,000 crore on account of the violence and the protests, according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Businesses in Bengaluru have faced four days of disruption since the beginning of the month over the sharing of water from the Cauvery between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Police said a curfew in force in the city would be extended till Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said that the state had decided to release water to Tamil Nadu, adhering to the Supreme Court order.

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The revised order passed by the Supreme Court on Monday, which directs Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu per day till 20 September, will in effect amount to 1.68 lakh cusecs of water—18,000 cusecs more than the original order.

Karnataka is in the midst of a water crisis, Mint reported last week. This is the sixth consecutive year of sub-optimal rainfall in the state and most of its dams are at 50% or below their normal storage levels.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Cauvery water dispute again on 20 September.

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Siddaramaiah is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to request the central government’s intervention in the matter. The chief minister also said that he is pushing for a national water policy, a long-standing demand from the state.

“Bengaluru is an important hub of our last-mile operations," said Neeraj Aggarwal, head, supply chain operations at Flipkart, who said that the company’s operations were stalled on Tuesday. An Amazon spokesperson mirrored the same sentiment.

“The delivery of products is temporarily impacted. We will resume all deliveries at the earliest," he said.

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Mint’s Nidheesh M.K. & Preeti Zachariah contributed to this story.

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