Cauvery water issue: Pro-Kannada outfit preparing to block road in Bengaluru tomorrow, check route

Cauvery water dispute: Amid the ongoing standoff between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, pro-Kannada organizations will block the national highway near the Hoskote toll in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

According to pro-Kannada activist, Vatal Nagaraj, the blockade will be held to protest demands related to the water sharing dispute between the two states.

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On Thursday last week, police detained members of pro-Kannada organizations protesting the Cauvery water issue. The river is considered a lifeline for both states as it is a major source of livelihood for them. The governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been embroiled in a long-running dispute over the distribution of Cauvery waters.

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The Cauvery Water Regulation Committee had ordered Karnataka to ensure the release of 3,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Billigundlu from September 28 to October 15, 2023.

The order did not go down well with the Karnataka government which filed a review petition against the order in both the Supreme Court and the CWMA (Cauvery Water Management Authority).

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Earlier, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had expressed his dismay at the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC). As per the CWRC order, Karnataka has to ensure the release of 3,000 cusecs of Cauvery water in Ballygundlo from September 28 to October 15, 2023.

“The Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC) ordered to release 3000 cusecs of water. I have already spoken to our lawyers, they advised us to challenge the order in the Supreme Court. We will challenge it in the Supreme Court. Will do. There is no water to leave Tamil Nadu. We are challenging the CWRC orders,” CM Siddaramaiah had said.

Despite petitions pending in the Supreme Court and CWMA, the decision created a political upheaval in the state. Former state chief minister Biswaraj Bomai hit out at the current government and accused it of lacking “will” to protect farmers’ interests.

Earlier, the Karnataka government had denied water supply to Tamil Nadu citing severe drought in parts of its state. However, TN accused Karnataka of lying to secure water supply.

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