Normalcy seems to be returning to Mysuru and cities slowly. The whole state erupted in protests against the Supreme Court order on release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, dust raised over the row in the Cauvery basin is settling down.
Shops, malls and theatres have started to function again. Section 144 is still in force in five taluks of Mysuru district. Cauvery Kriya Samithi had planned to hold a protest rally from Maharaja’s College to Gandhi Square but with Section 144 implemented in the city, they were denied permission. They held a symbolic protest near Gandhi Square and urged the Centre to set up a national level water distribution authority.
The Section 144 implemented all over Mysuru ends at 12:00 am tomorrow. The district administration will analyse the situation in the district and decide over continuing the section in the district. President of Cauvery Kriya Samithi Pa Mallesh, writer K S Bhagavan participated in the symbolic protest.
Gaddappa and Century Gowda of the movie ‘Tithi’ fame led a protest march by the ‘Tarle Village’ movie crew in front of the district court. Speaking to the media, Gaddappa said that the state has no water even to drink. Farmers of Karnataka are in a very bad state. “The government needs to fight this legally and should get justice for the state.”
Bus movement between Mysuru and Bengaluru, which was stopped since the Supreme Court verdict on September 12, resumed. Buses were not plying to rural areas of Mandya district. Police forces held a peace march in Maddur town in order to instil confidence among people.
Mysuru tourism has been the most affected due to the protests. Hotels, lodges which were filled with tourists remained almost empty as there was no proper transportation to reach Mysuru. As Dasara is a few days away, hotel and other business became gloomy due to the Cauvery dispute.
Protests and agitations continued in Mandya. Former M P G Madegowda continued his protest against the release of water to Tamil Nadu. Mandya District Commissioner S Ziyaullah has announced holiday to schools and colleges of the district till September 17. Police security has been tightened to prevent untoward incidents.