Farmers stage protests on Bengaluru-Mysuru roads

MYSURU/BENGALURU/MANDYA: The anger of farmer in the Cauvery basin area against the Supreme Court order on releasing water to Tamil Nadu led to disruption of transport between Bengaluru and Mysuru on Tuesday and it may result in taps in many parts of Mysuru going dry on Wednesday.

Mandya district, the Cauvery heartland, observed a total bundh on Tuesday and saw a series of protests. Security was beefed up around KRS, with farmers threatening to storm into the dam site.

While demonstrations by farmers all along the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway paralysed the route and KSRTC suspended its bus service to Bengaluru and Mandya for hours on Tuesday, another set of protestors cut power supply on Tuesday in three pumping stations –Hongalli and Belagola stations in Mandya district and Melapura village near Mysuru.

“The areas that bank on Cauvery water may face disruption over the interruption in pumping at the three stations,” said Mysuru Mayor B L Bhyrappa, adding that Mysuru city gets about 160 million litres daily (MLD) from these three stations. Pumping has not resumed with protestors continuing their agitation at the stations.” Sources said it is difficult to look for the alternatives since a vast area of the city depended on Cauvery water.

Meanwhile, those travelling between Bengaluru and Mysuru had a harrowing time with not just the highway but all alternative routes also blocked. “Though the buses to Bengaluru were diverted via Kanakapura, the buses encountered road blocks on the alternative route as well forcing us to suspend the bus service,” a KSRTC official said.

Those attempting to go by private vehicles also had to turn back because of road blocks at over 20 places between Srirangapatna and Maddur taluks. “I was unable to reach Malavalli from Bannur due to the road blockade enroute. I had to return to Mysuru via a village road,” said Mr Nisar Ahmed, who made a vain bid to reach Bengaluru via the alternative Kanakapura road.

In Bengaluru, protests were held in Attibele Toll gate on Hosur Road, Marthahalli Junction, Silk Road Junction, Mekhri Circle, Kengiri Satellite Town bus station and the Majestic Bus Station on Mysuru Road. There were protests held in front of the house of Water Resources Minister M.B. Patil as well.

Losses to KSRTC

BENGALURU: With a total of 561 Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) schedules that travel through Bengaluru –Mysuru highway including those to Mysuru, Ooty, Wynad, Chamaraj Nagar and Madikeri cancelled, the corporation suffered a loss to the tune of Rs. 63 lakhs.

credits The Hindu

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