Agitators stop supply of drinking water to Bangalore
Agitators protesting against release of water from river Cauvery to Tamil Nadu today intensified their agitation by stopping drinking water supply to IT hub Bangalore.
Enraged over no support from Bangaloreans for their agitation, the farmers of Mandya district layed siege to the Cauvery drinking water project at T K Halli in Malavalli taluk in the district and stopped the supply of drinking water supply.
The protests and demonstrations continued across the Mysore, Chamarajanagara districts.
The farmers, who came from several villages of Mandya district in bullock carts, Lorries, two-wheelers, and other vehicles, occupied every available space along the main road blocking vehicular movement on Bangalore-Mysore State Highway.
The KSRTC bus operations to Mysore and Bangalore were severely hit, forcing the authorities to stop plying buses on the route. However, traffic movement on Mysore-Malavalli-Kanakapura-Bangalore road was reportedly almost normal, barring some stray incidents; Roads were open in Mandya late last evening till early hours of this morning allowing vehicular movement on the Mysore-Bangalore highway.
Cauvery Raitha Hitha Rakshna Samtihi President G Made Gowda, said the farmers and others would lay siege at the KRS reservoir tomorrow. He appealed to the farmers and others to take part in tomorrow's protest at KRS.
The Mandya district administration has further extended the prohibitory orders under sector 144 till October 4 in and around the KRS. Additional forces including one Border Security Forces and one Rapid Action Force were deployed at the Reservoir.
Prohibitory orders were also extended in Kabini reservoir in Mysore district until October 4 as precautionary measures In Mysore, the pro-Kannada organisation activists.
gheraoed District Incharge Minister S A Ramadas in the city and asked him tender his resignation over the release of the water to Tamil Nadu.