The Cauvery monitoring panel on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, ordered Karnataka government to release 3,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery daily until Sept. 30. Last time, the supreme court asked Karnataka government to release 12,000 cusecs until Sept. 20 but with today’s order, the quantum will be higher at 30,000 cusecs.
The Cauvery supervisory committee has been releasing water at the rate of 3,000 cusecs a day to Tamil Nadu since Monday and now it will continue up to September 30. The ruling stipulates that an extra 2.72 TMCFT (1000 million cubic feet equals 2,831.7 crore litres) of water. The water reserves now are 26 TMCFT or 24% of total storage capacity of 109 TMCFT in all four reservoirs of Karnataka.
Karnataka is pleading for Cauvery water to meet the drinking requirements in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya, and 48 towns and 635 villages in the Cauvery basin, which comes to 30 TMCFT till summer next year. Tamil Nadu is seeking more water to meet its farmers’ next crop requirement. The distress formula of Karnataka has been brushed aside and the supervisory committee’s recommendations have been taken into account, said officials.
While everybody is shocked at the new ruling, Bangalore city police have deployed maximum RAF men in the city and the City police commissioner NS Megharikh held a meeting yesterday and is reportedly monitoring the situation. He has 7 lakh followers on Twitter and his messages are taken as final words on city’s developments.
In addition, 40 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police, 30 City Armed Reserve platoons, six Rapid Action Force squads, three companies of the Seema Suraksha Dal, three Border Security Force platoons and one company each of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police are deployed in the city.
More than 15,000 civil police, 2,000 Home Guards are keeping vigil on the roads since 6 AM and 2 Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) vehicles, 250 Hoysalas and 400 Cheetah bikes are seen patrolling the city. A blanket ban on sale of liquor in bars, wine shops and pubs across the city from 6am today to 1 am tomorrow is in force. Only star hotels, military canteens and clubs are exempted.
The most sensitive district Mandya is under Section 144, especially at the Sanjay circle. In Mysuru, authorities are on alert in the wake of expected protests of pro-Kannada activists and farmers, said Mysuru SP Ravi Channanavar, who is camping at Kabini dam in HD Kote. In sensitive Pandavapura taluk, many farmers have vacated their houses or fled from the scene fearing pre-emptive police arrest, said some activists.