An ugly battle ensued between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the issue of sharing Cauvery water. The situation escalated to a level where two civilians lost their lives, while Karnataka is estimated to have suffered a loss of around Rs 25,000 crore.
In a bid to stop this violence, a Kanyakumari activist has moved the Supreme Court seeking direction to the two states to act against those who indulged in such protests. In a response to which, the apex court agreed to hear the petition tomorrow.
“With widespread damage to vital urban infrastructure, interruption in the transport including, roads, rail and air and inability of the workforce to safely move to and from offices and factories, Karnataka, particularly Bengaluru city, is estimated to have suffered a loss between Rs 22,000-25,000 crore due to Cauvery dispute related violence,” Assocham said.
After violent protests against release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru is limping back to normalcy. However, this occurs after a considerable loss was suffered by both the states. Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to obey the Supreme Court’s modified order asking it
to release 12,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till September 20 and warned of dealing with violence during protests against it with an “iron hand”.
Trucks with Tamil Nadu registration number plate were either stoned or set on fire also in Mandya, Mysuru, Chitradurga and Dharwad districts as Kannada activists gave vent to their anger over attacks on state vehicles and property of Kannadigas in the neighbouring state and also against the apex court’s modified order. In wake of such protests, Bengaluru police on Tuesday enacted a high vigil on the streets while deploying armed forces at the vantage points of the Silicon Valley.
While M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Information and Broadcasting appealed for peace in the both the states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his displeasure at the prevailing violence between both the states and said that in a democracy solutions are found through mutual dialogue and restraint. he further added that the violence and arson is only causing loss to the poor and the nation’s property.
In its September 5 order, the Apex Court had directed release of 15,000 cusecs for 10 days to ameliorate the plight of farmers of the neighbouring state, which had triggered strong protests from farmers and pro-Kannada outfits with Karnataka observing a bandh against it on September 9.
The chief minister said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention and requesting him to call a meeting of Chief Ministers of both states to resolve the issue.