Cauvery row: To pacify resentment, State to release Cauvery water for its own farmers today


Bengaluru: In a move aimed to pacify the resentment over release of water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Karnataka government will today release water to its own farmers in the Mandya region, the epicenter of the protests and the heart of the Cauvery basin.

The state witnessed seething demonstrations following the apex court’s orders on Monday directing Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water must be given to Tamil Nadu every day for the next 10 days, nearly twice the amount that Karnataka had been releasing recently.

Protestor blocked off crucial highways and roads with bullock carts, holding huge cookouts etc.Buses too were not being allowed to cross the border between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Schools and colleges in Mandya, which closed down on Tuesday, have still not reopened.
Few actors from the Kannada film industry too are expected to participate in the protests in Mandya today.

The Cauvery river water sharing has been the cause of an age-old dispute between the two states with the Supreme Court often being called upon to mediate.

The Karnataka government which put forth its argument that following deficient monsoons the water in the reservoir may not be sufficient to suffice its own needs has written to the centre requesting for a team of observers to visit the region to first-hand experience the difficulty in sharing water after disappointing rains.
Karnataka argues that it has provided enough water for Tamil Nadu farmers to have harvested one crop this season.



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