Bangalore-Mysore highway blocked by agitators
The Bangalore-Mysore state highway was blocked at few places in the district by agitators protesting against the Supreme Court on directed Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from the Cauvery river.
The Mandya Cauvery Hitha Rakshna Samithi in an urgent meeting held presided over by president G Made Gowda, who is spearheading the agitation, asked the State government not to release water to Tamil Nadu due to insufficient storage in Cauvery basin reservoirs that could not even meet the requirement of drinking water and standing crops in the State.
He asked the all the farmers and come to Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir tomorrow for a demonstration if the government release water from the dam. After the meeting the samithi members led by Made Gowda staged dharna on state high in town. The agitation would be intensified if the government release water from KRS, he warned.
Chief Minister Jagadesh Shettar spoke to Made Gowda over telephone from Belgaum and assured that government would take decision in the ongoing winter sessions.
The State highway was blocked at Gejjalagere in Maddur taluk and other places.
The Apex Court further asked Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) to meet on Thursday or Friday to decide water requirement of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Also, the court's order would continue till CMC files its report.
Heavy security has been deployed all over the district and also at KRS.