Protests block higways causing problems for commuter. (Photo: ANI)
The Karnataka town of Mandya is observing a day-long protest against releasing of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu on the Supreme Court's direction to the state government.
Authorities were forced to declare holiday for schools and colleges in the town due to protesters staging rallies and demonstrations, blocking traffic on the Bengaluru-Mysuru state highway.
Even though police personnel were deployed in the town and on the highway to maintain law and order, state-run transport corporation (KSRTC) has suspended bus services in the district and Mysuru region.
"We will not allow the state government to release the river water to Tamil Nadu when it is not able to supply it to our fields to grow paddy, wheat, sugarcane and other crops and for drinking in the region," Made Gowda, leader of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (state farmers' association) at Mandya, was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
After Tamil Nadu pleaded for water to save samba crop in about 40,000 acres of agricultural fields in the Cauvery delta region, the top court on Monday asked Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water daily for 10 days, to the lower-riparian on the policy of "live and let live".