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Pro-Kannada group to stop national highway in Bengaluru over Cauvery water conflict

Leader of the pro-Kannada group Vatal Nagaraj announced that the group’s members would stop the national highway in Bengaluru to protest the sharing of Cauvery water with Tamil Nadu.

Pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj declared on Sunday that his group would obstruct the National Highway in Bengaluru on Tuesday to protest the current disagreement between the governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the sharing of Cauvery water.

The Karnataka government was earlier instructed by the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) to release 3,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water for a period of 15 days, from September 28 to October 12.

The Karnataka government, dissatisfied with the CWRC’s decision, has petitioned the Supreme Court and the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) for a review of the matter, according to news agency ANI.

Siddaramaiah, the chief minister of Karnataka, has repeatedly said in response to the predicament, “We don’t have water to release for Tamil Nadu.” According to reports, the Karnataka administration has also stated that the lack of rainfall is to blame for the state’s drought-like circumstances.

Members of a pro-Kannada organization were demonstrating in Mandya earlier on Thursday (October 5) regarding the Cauvery water-sharing problem when the police detained them.