9 Sept 2016


All You need to Know About Cauvery Water Dispute - Which Triggered Karnataka Bandh and Protests

On 09th Sept, 2016  Karnataka is declared Full Bandh by Karnataka Groups to protest the Recent Supreme Court Order Order to release 15000 cusecs for next 10 days from dam on Cauvery river to Taminadu. The worst hit areas are Mysore, Bangalore region which includes Mandya at the central.

History of the Dispute

There is long history of Cavery Water Dispute since 1892. Historically, the dispute over sharing Cauvery waters dates back to the British era. The dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over sharing Cauvery neared a solution when the two warring sides, Mysore princely state and Madras Presidency reached an agreement in 1924.

Mysore was permitted to build a dam at Kannambadi village to trap 44.8 thousand million cubic feet of water. The agreement was to be valid for 50 years and a review thereafter was part of the agreement.
Not willing to accept the agreement, the two states took the dispute to the Supreme Court after Independence on several occasions but the matter could not be resolved.

Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal
Bot the side Karnataka and Tamilanadu did not agreed on the supreme advice in 1990 since both states refused to agree through talks, the Centre constituted the Cauvery Water Tribunal in 1990. After hearing both sides for years, the tribunal in its final award in 2007 gave 419 tmc ft for Tamil Nadu and 270 tmc ft for Karnataka. Kerala was awarded 30 tmc ft and Pondicherry 7 tmc ft. Both the government could not be agreed upon the decision and challenged the decision in the Supreme Court.
Reason for Recent Protest 

Recently Supreme Court Ordered to realease 15,000 cusecs per day for overt next 10 days triggered the protest as this year rain is already low, as dam is almost half empty.

Protest and Bandh across Karnataka 

Pro Kananada Group and Farmers have called complete Band Across Karnataka and it is widely supported. Worst hit regions are Mysore and Bangalore Corridor Mandya is in between. 

In Bangalore protest standstill the complete normal life, all the offices are closed, colleges are closed. Activists are rallying on bike, vehicles all across bangalore.  Motorbikes tyres being fired. Bus, Auto, Trains, Theater, Shops are closed completely. Here are few live pics.

Bangalore Bandh Pics Collection Live

   Majestic In the Morning


     MG Road

        Bangalore Without Traffic.