Majority of shops and commercial establishments remain closed in the Delta districts of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday in response to a day’s bandh call given by the Cauvery Delta Protection Movement to protest against the Karnataka government’s failure to release adequate water for irrigation in River Cauvery.
Official sources said normal life remain unaffected due to the bandh, as the public transportation has been operating normally, while government offices, banks and educational institutions were also functioning as usual.
However, security measures have been beefed up in the Delta districts to prevent any untoward incidents during the bandh.
A.K.S.Vijayan, State Secretary of DMK Farmers Wing told newsmen here that kuruvai crop raised on around two lakh acres had withered due to lack of water as the Karnataka government had failed to release water into the Cauvery river as per the Apex court order and the Cauvery Water Management Authority’s directions.
The farmers of delta districts were demanding Karnataka to release water immediately to save the standing kuruvai crop and to take up the preparatory works for the Samba season.