Cauvery protests in TN disrupt rail traffic

  • Panel calls water sharing formula outdated

Chennai/New Delhi: Tamil Nadu has witnessed protests over Cauvery once again. This time they are for setting up a Cauvery Management Board. Thousands of farmers, activists from all political parties and supporters of various organizations took part on the first day of two-day agitation that began on Monday morning.

As part of the state-wide protest, agitators blocked trains on various routes, took out rallies shouting slogans against the central government for delaying the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board. Political leaders also courted arrest in important cities and thousands of agitators had been held. In some places, like Madurai and Cuddalore, police had to use batons to break up crowds who were trying to disrupt rail traffic.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court-appointed committee that was set up in the wake of violent protests in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka last month over sharing of Cauvery waters has called for abolishing outdated water-sharing formula.

In a report submitted to the apex court on Monday, the technical panel, after visiting Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and studying ground realities there, has felt that both the states are facing water shortage.

Among other recommendations of the panel, the infrastructure to deliver water to the farmers has to be modernized and since farmers in both states are in severe distress, adequate crop compensation must be paid to them.

The apex court will hear arguments on 18th October in the Cauvery water dispute. Tuesday is also the last day for Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water a day to Tamil Nadu on the Supreme Court’s orders.

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