Pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj on Sunday said the pro-Kannada organization will block the national highway near Hoskote toll plaza in Bengaluru over the Cauvery water issue.
According to Vatal Nagaraj, the organization will block the road on Tuesday (October 10).
Earlier on Thursday, Mandya police detained members of pro-Kannada organizations protesting over the Cauvery water issue.
The governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been embroiled in a protracted dispute over the sharing of Cauvery waters. The river is seen as an important source of livelihood for the people of the two states.
The Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee had directed Karnataka to ensure release of 3,000 cusecs of Cauvery water into Biligundlu from September 28 to October 15, 2023.
Karnataka had filed a review petition against the order in both the Supreme Court and the CWMA (Cauvery Water Management Authority).
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earlier expressed disappointment over the recommendation of the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC), which directed Karnataka to ensure release of 3,000 cusecs of Cauvery water in Biligundlu from 28 September until October 15, 2023.
“The Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC) has ordered to release 3,000 cusecs of water. I have already spoken to our advocates. They have suggested us to challenge this order in the Supreme Court. We will challenge it in the Supreme Court. We are not doing so. “No we have water to liberate Tamil Nadu. We are defying the orders of the CWRC,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said.
Meanwhile, the Cauvery water sharing issue has sparked political agitation in Karnataka, where former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai accused the state government of “lacking” the “will” to protect farmers’ interests.
It is worth mentioning that the Karnataka government had cited severe drought in some parts of its state for denying water supply to Tamil Nadu.
The Tamil Nadu government has accused its neighbor of lying to the nation over water supply.
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