War Rages on Cauvery

  • Farmers in Karnataka, TN enraged
  • SC Order Fails To Resolve Issue

Bengaluru: What Brahmam Garu foretold long ago about water wars to be waged is unfortunately coming true. The farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are on warpath. The TN farmers are insisting on implementing the decision given by the apex court. They badly need water for sowing. The Supreme Court has asked Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to TN every day.

Protesters in Karnataka have blocked Bangaluru-Mysore highway keeping more than 1200 buses off road. Karnataka government has withdrawn hundreds of buses causing a lot of dislocation and inconvenience to the people who have to go back to TN and Kerala after spending holidays in Karnataka. As protests escalated in Karnataka, the Siddaramaiah government finds itself in a tight spot caught between the angry farmers and stern apex court order. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had appealed to the people to maintain peace.

Buses were stopped and tyres were burnt on the highway near Mandya in Southern Karnataka- the volatile heartland of the Cauvery basin.

The SC on Monday asked Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs every day to TN for ten days. This quantity is almost double to what Karnataka has been releasing.  The SC found merit in TN government complaint that Karnataka has been releasing far less water than what was decided in 2007. Karnataka government, on the other hand, says the reservoirs don’t have enough water due to lack of adequate rains. The SC, however, told Karnataka to maintain harmony in the Cauvery water dispute saying that it should ‘live and let live’. Karnataka offered to release 10,000 cusecs everyday.

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