Tamil Nadu Farmers Protests Heavy Heart Karnataka Releases Cauvery Water :- After the Supreme Court order, on Tuesday , the government of Karnataka released water from Krishna Sagar Dam(KRS) to Tamil Nadu amid protests by farmers in the state.
On Tuesday, the government of Karnataka had decided to release water of Cauvery river, as in the wake of court order, protests intensified and farmers blocked the Bengaluru – Mysuru highway.
After nearly a 3 hours long all party meeting, The chief minister of Karnataka – Siddaramaiah told reporters on Tuesday that the state will release water from KRS Dam as directed by the Supreme Court of India.
The chief minister said that it would be difficult for a Constitution-bound state to deny the order of the Supreme Court or to refuse the release of water of the river.
He said that with a heavy heart, it has been decided to provide water to Tamil Nadu even though the state itself was facing a very severe distress year.
He said that all efforts would be made to provide drinking water to Bengaluru and other places of the state, along with supply water for crops in the state. He requested to farmers to maintain tranquillity and peace in the state and not cause any damage to public and private property of the state.
In Mandya, agitated activists and farmers belonging to pro-Kannada outfits had blocked the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway as protests intensified in the wake of the apex court directive to the state to release Cauvery water.
Mandya district, Karnataka saw a bandh with protesters holding road blockades and dharnas at several places in the state, as hundreds of security personnel — including CISF were deployed in the Cauvery belt to maintain law and order in the district of Karnataka.
Restricted orders have been clamped around the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam and entry of visitors is prohibited till 9th September, as the Cauvery row intensified up after Supreme Court directive on a petition by the Tamil Nadu government.
The Supreme court has order Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day for the next 10 days to Tamil Nadu.
The state police said that protesters destroyed several government offices in Mandya and forced their shut down, while attendance at government offices remained thin.