Karnataka decides to close the Cauvery tap
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.