The Karnataka government on September 7 started releasing waters of the river Cauvery to Tamil Nadu, upon a Supreme Court direction.
Appeal by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for calm went in vain as there were protests across the state, including Bengaluru railway station.
The protesters, including farmers, even blocked the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway. Schools and colleges in Mandya district have been closed.
On September 6, the Chief Minister told mediapersons after an all-party meeting at Secretariat in Bengaluru that “Despite hardship faced by Karnataka, the state will release water as directed by the order of the Supreme Court. In 2012-13, Karnataka had released water up to 10,000 cusecs as a goodwill gesture during former CM Jagadish Shettar’s regime. This time too, we wanted to release the same quantity of water, but the Supreme Court did not agree.”
Karnataka plans to approach Cauvery Supervisory panel and will try to convince them of their shortage in water levels. The state will also file a petition seeking changes in the Supreme Court order to release 15,000 cusecs daily for 10 days.
It may be noted the Supreme Court on September 5 had ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water daily for 10 days from September 7 to 16.