Various parties,different organisations have organised a strike in Tamil Nadu on Friday to protest against attacks on Tamils and their property in Karnataka.
This strike caused problems for public as Majority of the shops, private schools, transport services like auto-rickshaws, private buses, fuel outlets did not function on Friday owing to the shutdown.
Top opposition leaders MK Stalin and Kanimozhi of the DMK, and MDMK’s Vaiko have ben taken arrested by the Police. Impact of the bandh is visible in the neighbouring state Puducherry.
MDMK Chief Vaiko has also been detained in Tiruchirappalli during protest.
Kaveri water dispute is a very old problem. Both states blame that they are not receiving their appropriate share of water. The problem started when Princely State of Mysore and Madras Presidency signed two agreements in 1892 and 1924. But both states very unhappy as they felt they are not receiving their due share of waters from the river due to biased treaty.
To sort out the issue The Government of India constituted a panel in 1990. After 16 years the tribunal delivered it’s order on 5 February 2007.
n its verdict, the tribunal allocated 419 TMC of water annually to Tamil Nadu and 270 TMC to Karnataka; 30 TMC of Kaveri river water to Kerala and 7 TMC to Puducherry. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu being the major shareholders, Karnataka was ordered to release 192 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu in a normal year from June to May.
Politically Kaveri water issue is a very sensitive issue in both states as millions of farmers in both states depends on water of Kaveri river for irrigation.
After independence Kerala and Puducherry also demanded their share of water from Cauvery.