Traffic on Mysore-Nanjangud Road at Dalvoy Lake on the outskirts of Mysore was disrupted for over an hour on Wednesday, after pro-Kannada activists blocked the road demanding installation of steel barriers along the lakes.

Traffic resumed after the police intervened and dispersed the protesters. In the recent years, commuters have drowned in the lake after vehicles fell into them in the absence of protection in the form of barriers.

Many activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike gathered at the venue at around 10.30 a.m. and blocked the road demanding permanent barriers for Dalvoy and Shetti Lake (Mandakalli lake). Dalvoy Lake, with an area of about 250 acres, is one of the biggest and deepest water bodies in the city.

Despite fatal accidents and vehicles falling into lakes resulting in tragedies in the recent years, no action had been taken to deal with the problem, the activists said. Barriers had been put up along Undabatti Lake, which is also located on the road, several months after a maxi-cab fell into it killing at least 31 people.

The activists demanded that the district administration act immediately.

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