October 5, 2016
Chennai: People in the border areas of Tamil Nadu heaved a sigh of relief after vehicular movement including transport services, which was stopped following the Cauvery row with Karnataka, resumed today after nearly a month.
Private buses and lorry services baring Tamil Nadu registration, which was stopped in Hosur, 2km from the Karnataka border, above 30 days, started moving towards the neighbouring state.
Similarly, trucks, private vehicles and other transport services also resumed operations from Sathyamangalam border area in Erode district to Mysore in Karnataka.
Likewise, vehicles with Karnataka registration also entered Tamil Nadu and passengers, who had had to walk nearly 2km to enter the State, welcomed the resumption of services.
However, State-owned buses are yet to start running again with officials in discussions on operating services from Chennai, Krishnagiri, Coimbatore, Erode and the Nilgiris to Karnataka. “We will make a decision this evening,” a senior transport department official said.
The Tamil Nadu State Lorry Owner’s Federation of Tamil Nadu, which claimed that the trucks owners have incurred loss to the tune of more than Rs 2,000 crore, also decided to operate lorries from today.
Normal life has been affected in the State’s border areas with Karnataka since September 6 following the Supreme Court’s verdict to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.