Cauvery water row: Karnataka farmers protest SC order, block highway in Mandya; law minister appeals for calm

Bangalore: The Cauvery Horata Samiti in Karnataka has called for a bandh in Mandya over the Supreme Court’s order on Monday to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Mandya is the hotbed of Cauvery politics. Around 2400 policemen have been deployed to monitor the situation.

According to ANI, farmers are protesting in Shrirangapattana taluk of Mandya and have blocked a major highway. Schools and colleges in the district have been closed for one day.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called an all party meeting to discuss Cauvery river water issue and the apex court’s order on the matter.

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Karnataka: Cauvery Horata Samiti activists protest in Mandya over SC order to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu
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The state law minister TB Jayachndra has appealed for calm, “My appeal to people is to keep calm and not take law in their hands,” he told ANI.

In Mandya, Krishna Raja Sagara dam and Brindavan Gardens are to be closed for public for four days. Near Hosur bus stand, transport buses and vehicles from Tamil Nadu have been halted due to protests, ANI reported.

According to NDTV, authorities have taken around 700 KSRTC buses off the roads as a safety measure.

In an interim order which may ameliorate the plight of Tamil Nadu farmers to some extent, Supreme Court on Monday had asked Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water daily for the next 10 days to its neighbouring state.

The apex court also directed Tamil Nadu to approach the Supervisory Committee, set up to implement award of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of Tribunal.Nadu to approach the Supervisory Committee, set up to implement award of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of Tribunal.

The order came after senior advocate Fali S Nariman, appearing for Karnataka, said as a “goodwill gesture” the state government was ready to ensure flow of 10,000 cusecs (about 0.86 TMC) per day from September 7 to 12. However, Tamil Nadu sought release of 20,000 cusecs of water per day instead of 10,000 cusecs of water in the interest of the farmers of the state.

Following the order, farmers and pro-Kannada outfit activists in various parts of Karnataka protested against the direction to release Cauvery water.

Siddaramaiah, whose government has been expressing its inability to release water to Tamil Nadu citing poor storage, would hold a meeting with floor leaders of all parties in the state legislature, MPs and district-in charge ministers on Monday evening to take stock of the situation. The BJP has called for a fresh appeal to be filed in the Supreme Court.

On September 2, the Supreme Court had made an emotional appeal to Karnataka saying ‘live and let live’, after Tamil Nadu brought to the notice of the court that the Karnataka CM has said that not a drop of water will be released to it.

In a recent plea, Tamil Nadu had sought a direction to Karnataka to release 50.52 tmc feet of Cauvery water to save 40,000 acres of samba crops this season.

With inputs from ANI/PTI.