Kar­nataka de­cides to close the Cau­very tap

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Ac­tivists ar­rested dur­ing a Cau­very protest in Ban­ga­lore.

Kar­nataka will not re­lease Cau­very wa­ter to Tamil Nadu, the state cabi­net de­cided on Wed­nes­day, de­fy­ing a Supreme Court or­der that had sparked large-scale vi­o­lence in Bengaluru, the coun­try’s IT hub, last week.

The de­ci­sion was taken at an emer­gency cabi­net meet­ing called a day after the top court re­vised an ear­lier or­der and asked the Kar­nataka gov­ern­ment to re­lease 6,000 cusecs of wa­ter to the neigh­bour­ing state till Septem­ber 27.

“The cabi­net has de­cided to de­fer re­lease of wa­ter,” chief min­is­ter Heavy rain led to slow-mov­ing traf­fic on the Western Ex­press High­way for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day on Wed­nes­day. Sid­dara­ma­iah said after the meet, adding that an all-party meet­ing held ear­lier in the day de­cided to con­vene a spe­cial assem­bly ses­sion on Septem­ber 23 on the is­sue.

Tamil-speak­ing peo­ple, their prop­er­ties and ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered in Tamil Nadu were dam­aged across Bengaluru on Septem­ber 12 when mobs vented their anger against the Supreme Court’s ear­lier or­der di­rect­ing Kar­nataka to re­lease 12,000 cusecs of wa­ter to the neigh­bour­ing state till Septem­ber 20. The state chal­lenged the or­der.

Kar­nataka, where farm­ers are fac­ing wa­ter short­age due to a de­fi­cient mon­soon, stores the river’s wa­ter at the reser­voir on the Kr­ishna Raja Sa­gara Dam in Sri­ran­ga­p­atna near Mandya.

The state has wit­nessed spo­radic protests, es­pe­cially at Mandya, the epi­cen­tre of the Cau­very ag­i­ta­tion, since Wed­nes­day morn­ing, where ag­i­ta­tors blocked the Ben­galu­ruMy­suru road at var­i­ous places.

PRAMOD THAKUR/HT

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