Cauvery Water Issues Affect Transport Between States — Private Vehicles Beware

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The Supreme Court has ordered Karnataka to release Cauvery water into the state of Tamil Nadu and this has agitated farmers in Karnataka, leading to protests. The Bangalore – Mysore highway is one of the most affected roads sine farmers in Mandya, Karnataka have blocked the road.

Regular transport has been affected since the government has decided to cut as many as 700 buses plying to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The Supreme Court has ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs (4.24 lakh litres) of water to Tamil Nadu for 10 days. This comes at a time when Karnataka is facing less rainfall.

Affected transport is not only buses, but private vehicles too. With festivities such as Onam around the corner, people travelling to Kerala and other neighbouring places will be severely affected. People visiting Kerala will be affected too as they would need to cross Mandya, the worst affected place to reach Kerala.

The protest has lead to schools and colleges being closed in and around Mandya. Security along the road has been intensified, but travellers who are opting to take their own vehicles must proceed with extreme caution. If one has to travel during this time, alternate roads are advisable.

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 11:14 [IST]
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