Cauvery Row: 700 Buses off the Roads,

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BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 6: Farmers and pro-Kannada organisations are against giving Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu and protests have started erupting in Bengaluru after the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water for ten days to Tamil Nadu. Bus services from Bengaluru to Tamil Nadu is badly hit with 700 buses off the road with Mandya and Mysuru affected. Several passengers were left stranded at the Satellite Bus Station on Mysuru Road. At Attibele toll gate on Hosur Road and Marthahalli Junction Pro-Kannada activists staged protests, which affected movement of vehicles. Travellers were also forced to walk some distance into the city after bus services were stopped at Hosur. Early in the morning, rumours were rife that the protestors were planning to block the road near Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border at Hosur but Police denied that there was a major problem. An officer said, “The number of bus services has been reduced to prevent damage to vehicles”. Buses travelling between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were either stopped or diverted. A bus was also damaged. The police used mics to urge people to avoid roads to Mandya. In Tamil Nadu, buses and trucks heading to Karnataka were stopped at Hosur along the border. Theatres screening Tamil films are being provided security. Nataraj Theatre in Sheshadripuram, Pushpanjali Theatre and Sampige Theatres in Bengaluru that regularly screen Tamil films have been have been provided security cover. Schools and colleges in the district will be closed for two days, the government said. The Cauvery water dispute is more than a century old. Tamil Nadu was Madras Presidency and Karnataka was Mysore. Every time the fight intensifies when the rainfall is poor and there’s not enough water.              ]]>

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