Vehicular movement along the busy Hosur-Bengaluru stretch on NH7 resumed on Wednesday after being closed for 29 days due to protests and riots over Cauvery river water dispute.
Showering a huge relief to hundreds of truckers and bus operators, besides hundreds of ordinary people, including from Chennai, Coimbatore and other places, who routinely travel between the two states, the highways was opened around 10.30 am, reported TNIE.
The report added that at Zuzuvadi, the end of Tamil Nadu side of the border, there were about 50 police personnel, led by Krishnagiri superintendent of police Magesh Kumar, as the vehicles bearing Karnataka registration began rolling in slowly in the morning. There were an equal number of personnel at Attibele, the Karnataka side of the border.
As the dispute has not been resolved fully yet, both authorities are taking small, tentative steps. “Police are assuring protection to vehicles bearing Karnataka registration. We will monitor the progress of vehicular traffic, and resume it to normal once we are satisfied,” SP Magesh Kumar was quoted as saying by TNIE.
On September 6, the latest round of dispute over Cauvery waters quickly spiralled into a clash between the neighbours; buses, trucks and private vehicles came under attack in both states, leading to suspension of operation across the border on September 6.
Meanwhile, the opposition DMK on Wednesday thanked the Supreme Court for giving a verdict in favour of Tamil Nadu in connection with the Cauvery water sharing case. DMK spokesperson T. K. S. Elangovan said, “We are happy that the Supreme Court understands the issue and tried to do justice.”
The ruling party, AIDMK, also hailed the SC’s order Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery water sharing issue. The party also credited its chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for the pro-Tamil Nadu order.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu from October 7 to October 18.