A temporary relief to the delta zone farmers in Tamil Nadu. Water released by Karnataka as per the Supreme Court (SC) direction reached Biligundlu, the entry point of Hogenakkal on Wednesday evening.
Central Water Commission (CWC) officials said the water reached the border at 7 pm. It will reach the falls on Thursday night. The exact amount being received and flow of the water would be measured soon.
Considering the demand, it is clear that the quantity of water received would not be enough for the farmers in Tamil Nadu.
Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu are raising voice against the incumbent government to have an all-party meeting. But the sources from the government indicate that there is no such move at present.
There was mass protest in Karnataka when the Supreme Court directed the state to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Over 150 farmers were arrested when they tried to enter Kabini dam to stop the release of water.
Protesters had declared bandh in Mandya district and had blocked the Bangalore-Mysore expressway.
Karnataka had acknowledged the Supreme Court that its reservoirs don’t have enough water to release according to the demand from Tamil Nadu. But same time, Tamil Nadu claimed that Karnataka has more water but is diverting it.
The SC had advised Karnataka to “live and let live” on the Cauvery water dispute. The next hearing on this matter in SC is on September 16.
Meanwhile pro-Kannada organisations and farmers’ unions have called for Karnataka bandh on September 9, to raise their voice against the SC directive.