Protests in Karnataka over Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu
Bangalore:Protests erupted in Cauvery belt in Karnataka hours after Supreme Court's directive to the state to release 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.
Authorities in Mandya, about 80 km from Bangalore, announced that schools and colleges will be closed Thursday and Friday following a call by farmers' groups for a shutdown in the district and to lay siege to Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir Thursday as water is expected to be released from there.
Vehicular movement between Bangalore and Mysore, about 130 km away, was disrupted for several hours late Wednesday as farmers' groups and Kannada organisations blocked the highway at Mandya. Mandya is around 50 km from Mysore. Though KRS is about 20 km from Mysore city, it is located in Mandya district which is the hotbed of agitation if Cauvery water is to be released to Tamil Nadu when Karnataka is hit by drought.
Prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people have been imposed at the KRS reservoir from Thursday morning till Sunday evening. KRS is a major tourist attraction, with the famous Brindavan Gardens.