September 7, 2016
Chennai: For the second day in a row, the border districts of Tamil Nadu continue to remain tense, despite the Karnataka government releasing water into the Cauvery this morning.
Koyambedu remained the buzz spot, with heightened media activity. While passengers stayed away from the CMBT, after reports that about 49 buses from Tamil Nadu were stuck in Hosur, the Koyambedu bus terminal was receiving special attention from the media and cops. 60 police personnel were on guard, night and day, to prevent any untoward incidents. 27 of the 49 buses managed to reach the bus terminal late at night yesterday. Unconfirmed reports say that the buses wouldn’t be making any trips to Karnataka for the next three days.
Karnataka-based business establishments and schools in Tamil Nadu are now under tight security.
Meanwhile, in Karnataka, schools and colleges have been ordered to remain shut. The KRS Dam and Brindavan Gardens near Mysuru will not be opened for visitors until September 9. Massive bandhs and demonstrations are being reported from various parts of the state, especially in Mandya, where farmers have blocked the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway.
The agitations have worsened after the Karnataka government, in compliance with the Supreme Court orders, started releasing 15,000 cusecs of water today. The apex court had ordered that water be released daily for 10 days from September 7 to 16, to save the Samba crop.