Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday evening agreed to release 15,000 cuses of water from the Cauvery river per day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days as per a Supreme Court directive despite facing “severe hardships”, Times of India has reported.
“Despite severe hardships faced by the government of Karnataka, the state will release water as directed by the Supreme Court,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters.
The Supreme Court yesterday asked Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs every day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days. Tamil Nadu had moved court after Karnataka released far less water this year than was decided in 2007 by a court-appointed tribunal.
Karnataka has been arguing that it does not have sufficient water in its reservoirs due to insufficient rainfall during the monsoon.
Following the order, farmers and pro-Kannada outfit activists in at Mandya in southern Karnataka protested against the direction to release Cauvery water. Protesters burnt tyres on the highway blocking traffic between Bengaluru and Mysuru. Around 700 buses from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu and Kerala have stopped plying, and a major highway in Karnataka was blocked during protests, NDTV reported.