“It is difficult to meet the agricultural and drinking water needs of Karnataka with the water that is currently available. It is unfortunate that, by ignoring the distress in Karnataka caused by low water storage, the Supreme Court has ordered for a release of water to Tamil Nadu,” Mr. Gangadhar said.
Source: KRRS activists stage demonstration in Shivamogga – KARNATAKA – The Hindu
Meanwhile at Belagavi, the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene held protests to mark the completion of a year of Mahadayi agitation.They said the farmers’ stand stood vindicated with the tribunal asking the Chief Ministers of the riparian States to solve the dispute amicably through dialogue. The tribunal could have made the same observation when the farmers put forward the demand a year ago, said KRRS State vice-president Basavaraj Mallali.
Source: Mahadayi: Bickering continues over who should make first move – The Hindu
The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene (Kodihalli Chandrashekhar faction) has ridiculed the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal for its “belated realisation” that the Mahadayi water dispute can be resolved through talks. They staged a protest here on Friday by whipping the portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for their failure to resolve the dispute.
Source: Mahadayi row: KRRS ridicules water tribunal’s suggestion – KARNATAKA – The Hindu
The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha has urged the Union government to change the National Water Policy to incorporate a clause empowering the Centre to take decisions on disputes related to sharing of water for drinking between riparian States.
Source: KRRS seeks changes in National Water Policy – KARNATAKA – The Hindu
Mr. Hebsur, who is among 149 farmers lodged in Ballari Central Prison, following protests against the Mahadayi verdict, has sent a press release through Darur Purushotam Gouda, president, Ballari district unit of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), and Hasiru Sene and circulated at a press conference here on Monday. Farmers have lost faith in the Tribunal after its interim verdict. It needs to be abolished. The Prime Minister had the authority to abolish the Tribunal and should convene a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the riparian States and resolve the issue amicably, the release said.
Source: Abolish Mahadayi tribunal, samiti leader urges PM – KARNATAKA – The Hindu
The indefinite protest launched by members of the Kalasa-Banduri Jana Mahandolana entered the sixth day on Wednesday. The members, who are staging sit-in protest in front of the HDMC office here, are demanding fulfillment of the long-pending demand to link Mahadayi with Malaprabha rivers to ease drinking water problem in four districts of North Karnataka.
Source: Protest at HDMC office enters sixth day, gets more support – Times of India
A federation of the organisations and associations spearheading the struggle under the Kalasa-Banduri Nala Horata Samiti will be formed soon.It will launch a “mass movement” for justice from the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal, besides from the Union and State governments.A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of leaders of various organisations from nine taluks in Belagavi, Bagalkot, Dharwad and Gadag districts here on Sunday.The meeting was presided over by Vijay Kulkarni, founder president of the Kalasa-Banduri Nala Horata Samiti, formed two decades ago.
Source: Federation to lead Mahadayi struggle to be formed soon – KARNATAKA – The Hindu
The rejection of Karnataka’s interim plea by the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal (MWDT) led to public outrage and protests in various parts of the State on Thursday.Traffic was severely affected on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway. Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Jaya Karnataka, and Ramanagaram Advocates Association protested and burnt the effigies of MWDT for “neglecting Karnataka” and the Lok Sabha members “for failing to solve the problem”.
Source: Mahadayi: protests staged – The Hindu
Protests erupted across Karnataka against the rejection of the state’s interim plea by the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal, on Thursday.Several north Karnataka cities, including Hubballi, Dharwad, Gadag and Belagavi witnessed violent protests by farmers and pro-Kannada organisations. Normal life has been affected in these districts and movement of vehicles has almost come to a standstill.
Source: Mahadayi verdict: Protests across Karnataka – The Hindu
Even as commuters sighed in relief after transport corporation workers called off their strike, farmers groups have called for a bandh over the Mahadayi row on Thursday.Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha president Kodihalli Chandrashekar has called for a state-wide bandh on Thursday. “We condemn this verdict which is anti-Karnataka. I appeal to the farmers and to everyone to support the bandh (Thursday) to protest against this verdict.”
Source: Don’t rejoice yet, Karnataka bandh on Thursday over Mahadayi | The News Minute