Cauvery dispute: India's IT capital limps back to normalcy?

A police officer inspects the charred remains of a car set ablaze in Bengaluru, following violent protests after Supreme Court order. Photograph:( Reuters )

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Sep 14, 2016, 04.10 AM (IST)
India's tech hub, Bengaluru, limps back to normalcy following protests against release of Cauvery water to the neighbouring state Tamil Nadu. 

The state government in southern Karnataka, that agreed on Tuesday to comply with top court's decision of releasing  12,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, earlier warned of dealing with an 'iron hand' in case any incidents of violence came to the fore. 

Meanwhile, chief minister Siddaramaiah is holding a meeting on law and order situation in the morning today. The government has decided to deploy additional central forces in the city and continue prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) till further orders.

The chief minister has also sought appointment with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek his intervention to bail out the state from the present crisis as the storage position in reservoirs is poor, Indian news agency ANI reported. 

This week's disturbances, in which dozens of vehicles were set on fire, have been the most serious in the Bengaluru city that is also hailed as the Silicon Valley of India. 

At least one person was killed in clashes between protesters and police on Monday that erupted after the apex court's order. 

This month, businesses in the tech hub, which is also Karnataka's capital, have faced four days of disruption because of protests about the water dispute and an unrelated trade union-organised strike on September 2. 

Trade organisation, The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), said it estimated the violence had cost Bengaluru and the wider region up to 250 billion rupees ($3.74 billion) in losses, but it did not give a breakdown of how it came up with that figure, according to Reuters. 

Meanwhile, the state road transport buses have started operating to all places except Tamil Nadu. Metro rail has also resumed its service in the city since yesterday night.  

Some schools in the Bengaluru city remain shut today in order to avoid inconvenience for students, according to media reports.

The Cauvery river has been the source of tension between the two states for more than a century and violence over who gets access to water has flared before.

(WION with inputs from agencies)