Cauvery Water Dispute: Karnataka Releases Water to Tamil Nadu Amid Protests
Despite Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's appeal for calm, Kannada organisations protested at Bengaluru railway station. Schools and colleges in Mandya district have also been ordered to remain shut. Vehicles with Tamil Nadu registration have been advised to avoid Mysuru-Bengaluru road due to the ongoing protests.
The Karnataka Government on Wednesday released Cauvery water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu as per the Supreme Court order but there is no end to protests by pro-Kannada activists.
Despite Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's appeal for calm, Kannada organisations protested at several parts of the state including the Bengaluru railway station. Schools and colleges in Mandya district have also been ordered to remain shut. Vehicles with Tamil Nadu registration have been advised to avoid Mysuru-Bengaluru road due to the ongoing protests.
Reiterating that the state was bound to abide by the apex court order under the Constitution, the CM said the state had accepted to release water with a heavy heart despite being in a distress situation.
"This is not a normal year but a distress year due to deficit rains during the monsoon season. As a result, there is not sufficient water in the reservoirs across the Cauvery basin to release or share it with Tamil Nadu as per the tribunal award," he said.
At the same time, he assured the people in the Mysuru region that the state would continue to supply the river water for drinking and irrigation.
"We will soon approach the Supreme Court for modifying its order to ensure we will have enough water for drinking and irrigation in the region through the year," Siddaramaiah noted.
The apex court on Monday gave Karnataka three days to respond to Tamil Nadu's plea and release 15,000 cusecs of water daily for 10 days from September 7-16.
Security in place to maintain law and order situation
Admitting that the state was to release 94 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water to Tamil Nadu, but released only 33 tmcft due to poor rainfall in the catchment areas of the reservoirs in August, the chief minister said as a goodwill gesture, the state had agreed to release 10,000 cusecs of water daily for six days on September 2 when the bench asked the state to adopt the policy of "live and let live".
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