Karnataka starts releasing water to Tamil Nadu

Bengaluru: In compliance with the Supreme Court directive, Karnataka started releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu on Wednesday,  amidst protests all over the state.  Earlier Supreme Court ordered the state to release 15,000 cusecs per day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days.

The state government agreed to release water despite “severe hardships”.

Meanwhile, protesters intensified their agitation  by blocking several roads and forcing schools and colleges to shut down.  In Mandya district, the centre of Cauvery politics, a bandh was held on Tuesday, with road blockades,  and dharnas at sever places. Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway was also affected.  Security personnel,  including central forces, were deployed in a big way in the Cauvery belt to maintain law and order.

“Despite severe hardships faced by the government of Karnataka, the state will release water as directed by the Supreme Court,” chief minister Siddaramaiah had told reporters after all-party meeting convened by him on Tuesday.

He had also said the government would approach the apex court with a revision petition, explaining its difficulties in implementing the order.

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