Staff Correspondent

Mysore-Bangalore bus services hit as KSRTC withdraws services

  • Sporadic protests in parts of Mandya district
  • Protesters stage rasta roko at Gejjalagere village

    MANDYA: Life in Mandya district, land of sugar and paddy, has come to a virtual halt since Monday, after the pronouncement of the final award by Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. The Mysore-Bangalore State Highway 17 was almost deserted with State transport buses keeping off the normally busy highway since Tuesday morning. Barring train services, there was no other mode of transportation for people to reach Mandya, as private transport vehicles also suspended services fearing trouble. There were few private vehicles on the road because of the tense situation in the region.

    Commuters could be seen waiting all along the highway between Mysore and Mandya for transportation. A voluntary bandh was observed in Mandya on Tuesday with several business establishments, cinema halls, hotels, schools and colleges remaining closed. Barring Silver Jubilee Park where the Cauvery Raitha Hitarakshana Samiti convened a farmers' rally in the afternoon, there were few people on the streets of the town.

    Bus services hit

    The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, which resumed bus services between Mysore and Bangalore on Monday evening after withdrawing services for a few hours, suspended services to Bangalore and Mandya district on Tuesday morning.

    The agitation against order of the tribunal continued on Tuesday. Traffic on the Bangalore-Mysore highway was disrupted for over an hour when protesters staged a rasta roko at Gejjalagere village.

    A large group of youths blocked the road in front of Silver Jubilee Park when the farmers' meeting was in progress, shouting slogans the verdict.

    Advocates in Mandya, who boycotted court proceedings, came in procession and formed a human chain in front of Silver Jubilee Park.

    There were reports of sporadic protests from different parts of Mandya district. Keregodu town observed a bandh.

    Leaders of the Cauvery Raitha Hitarakshana Samiti held meetings at the Inspection Bungalow here prior to the farmers' rally at Silver Jubilee Park, to discuss the award. They later came in a procession to the park to address the rally.

    `We want Ambarish'

    A group of farmers who had assembled at the park demanded that Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting M.H. Ambarish, who is the MP for Mandya, join the agitation to demand justice for the State's farmers.