It is a total shutdown in Bengaluru and Mysuru today in response to Pro-Kannada organisations’s call for a state-wide bandh in protest against the release of more Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
State Opposition party BJP is in support of the bandh, which has badly affected public transport and educational institutions. Government offices are open but the attendance is less. Most of the IT employees have been requested to work from home.
Local media reported protesters were blocking taxis from running on road in some places. The film fraternity too has joined the protest. The police are not encouraging Tamil Nadu vehicles to enter the state. On September 5, the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day from the Cauvery basin to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days. Karnataka has released the water and it has reached Tamil Nadu.
The Supreme Court-appointed Supervisory Committee will hold a meeting in New Delhi on coming Monday. The committee will take stock of the storage level in Karnataka reservoirs. Based on that, it will decide on the water to be released further to Tamil Nadu.
The committee is headed by Union Water Resources Secretary. Chief Secretaries of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry and the Chairman of the Central Water Commission are members of the committee. This would be the sixth meeting of the committee since it was set up in May 2013. The committee is to implement the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.