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, A�amidst protests all over the state.A� 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 a�?severe hardshipsa�?.

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

a�?Despite severe hardships faced by the government of Karnataka, the state will release water as directed by the Supreme Court,a�? 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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