Cauvery water dispute is a long pending issue between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. On Monday, the Supreme Court has issued a directive to Karnataka to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Even though the full demands of Tamil Nadu was not accepted, the court asked Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water daily for 10 days. Reacting to this, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has convened a meeting of all the MLAs and MPs on Tuesday to decide the future course of action.
As part of the protest, a day-long shutdown is being observed in Mandya town. The local district administration has declared a holiday for schools and colleges since there is going to be roadblocks due to massive rallies and demonstrations. The officials are concerned about the fact that the stirs are likely to block vehicular traffic on the Bengaluru-Mysuru state highway.
Commenting on the development, Made Gowda, leader of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (state farmers association) at Mandya disclosed that they would not allow the state government to release the Cauvery River water to Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka farmers face acute shortage of water
This is because farmers in Karnataka themselves are facing acute shortage of water. Moreover, there is insufficient water supply to their fields. As such they are facing difficulty to grow paddy, wheat, sugarcane and other crops. Moreover, if the government releases water to Tamil Nadu then they are going to face acute shortage of drinking water as well.
Police personnel deployed to avoid clashes
Meanwhile, Karnataka government has deployed additional police personnel in the town to combat any untoward incidents. Furthermore, several police forces were also deployed on the highway to maintain law and order.
To avoid problems to the passengers, the state-run transport corporation (KSRTC) has suspended bus services in the district and across the old Mysuru region. According to sources, protests have also erupted in other parts of the state. In the meantime, Karnataka CM has appealed to all people to stay calm and to maintain peace.
During the argument, Tamil Nadu counsel pleaded before the judges to issue a directive to release sufficient quantity of water. This is to save the samba crop in about 40,000 acres of agricultural fields in the Cauvery delta region. However, the apex court ordered Karnataka to release 15000 cusecs of water daily for 10 days to the lower-riparian on the principle of “live and let live”.