Protests throw traffic on Bangalore-Mysore highway out of gear

The outflow from the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir, near Srirangapatna, crossed 15,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) on Friday. This includes discharge into canals for irrigation.

Irrigation Department and Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) officials said they received a direction from the government on Thursday evening to release a huge quantity of water to Tamil Nadu.

“We are releasing 15,145 cusecs from the reservoir. The government has directed us to release at least 10,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu. The outflow may increase to 20,000 cusecs from Sunday morning,” a CNNL officer told The Hindu here on Saturday.

Protests

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s order to release water to Tamil Nadu sparked protests across Mandya district.

Traffic on the Bangalore-Mysore highway was hit as farmers staged demonstrations at different places between Srirangapatna and Maddur.

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