Cauvery verdict on February 5? Cops on alert in Mandya

The Karnataka government is worried that farmers in Mandya could hit the streets if it is compelled to release water to Tamil Nadu.

With the Supreme Court expected to pronounce its verdict on a petition filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu against the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, on February 5, senior officials of the police and Karnataka Neeravari Nigam(KNN) met at the KRS dam in Srirangapatna taluk , Mandya  to discuss security arrangements in the district.

Security for the KRS dam was topmost on the agenda as it has been the focal point of the century-old inter-state water dispute. Officials of the Karnataka State Industrial Security Force , which has deployed men at the dam, said it needed back-up to ensure its safety should there be trouble following the verdict. At its request it was decided to get additional police from neighbouring districts for Mandya.

Tamil Nadu has written to the Karnataka government asking for immediate release of Cauvery water for its farmers in accordance with the orders of the tribunal, putting the state in a fix as it has to make sure it has enough water for its own farmers. The government is worried that farmers of Mandya could hit the streets if it is compelled to release water to TN.