Mandya farmers prepare for possible KRS seige

Friday, 7 December 2012 - 5:26pm IST | Place: Mandya | Agency: DNA
The move is being seen as a way to checkmate to the government against carrying out the Supreme Court order to release 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu everyday till December 9.

Farmers from Mandya, HD Kote, Malavalli, Pandavapura, Srirangapatnam and Shivapura have started arriving in Mandya city following the calls given by the farmer leaders to be ready for a possible siege to the KRS dam starting Friday.

This move is being seen as a move to checkmate to the government against carrying out the Supreme Court order to release 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu everyday till December 9.

“Let the government open fire on us, send us to dungeons or even to the gallows; we don’t care. We are fighting here for our survival; without our share of water we will be dead as well” G Madae Gowda president of the Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi told DNA.

“I am not speaking out of my heart but from my mind. Show me the water that we have to spare for Tamil Nadu, or show me one reason or logic behind the order of the Supreme Court. How can the country’s apex court order release of water from a deficit area to a surplus area, or from drought-prone region to a region flushed with water?

People are being swept away in the floods in Tamil Nadu, their reservoirs were full to the brim with Cauvery river water, that they are now forced to store water in their check dams and canals by making additional attachments to the canals. Look at our part of the river the inflow has been reduced to almost a trickle and both KRS and Kabini are losing level by the day.

"About 11 lakh hectares of standing kharif crops are languishing for water; we are living in a time of worst federal standards in democracy,” Madae Gowda said.


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