Bengaluru, Sept 20: All eyes will be on the Supreme Court that will hear the Cauvery water dispute issue on the plea for direction to both states-Karnataka and Tamil Nadu- to take preventive measures. Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister has directed police officials to keep fire engines, tear gas shells ready in Cauvery belt including Bengaluru.
The state government has increased security in many parts of Bengaluru and across Mandya and Mysuru ahead of the SC oder. Here are all the live updates on the Cauvery row:
6.55 pm: Judiciary's verdicts on Cauvery appear arbitrary. Show that the current system has failed. On NDTV 10:30pm today I argue for new mechanism, tweets Nitin Pai, director for Tehelka Institution.
6.35 pm: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah talks to Congress president Sonia Gandhi over phone and says it is difficult to release water to Tamil Nadu.
6.30 pm: Injustice yet again says Dr Parameshwar, Karnataka's home minister on Cauvery order. Cabinet ministers will meet tomorrow to discuss Supreme Court order which directed release of 6000 cusecs of water. Parameshwar also says will wait for order copy and then take decision.
6.16 pm: Stern actions will be initiated against people who take to social media to spread provocative messages, says Bengaluru cops.
6.13 pm: Some mischievous people are spreading rumors. We request citizens not to give attention to them, says Bengaluru police.
6.12 pm: As a preventive measure Section 144 wil continue till Sep 25 In Bengaluru.Strong bandobust wil continue, says Bengaluru police.
5.46 pm: Pro-Kannada activists call for Mandya bandh after SC directs Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs of water.
5.34 pm: Protestors in Mandya has blocked Mysuru-Bengaluru road causing traffic disruption. Police, however are trying to clear the road.
5.25 pm: Bengaluru police says there will be no bandh tomorrow.
4.49 pm: Karnataka says it is wrong to say that water should be released by cutting off drinking water supply to Bengaluru.
4.47 pm: SC orders Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till September 27.
4.46 pm: Supreme Court tells centre to constitute Cauvery Management Board in four weeks.
4.42 pm: Harish Salve says that the Cauvery issue needs to be settled. This is a luxury litigation that cannot go on. Paddy needs water at a particular time. There is no use of releasing water once the paddy dies.
4.37 pm: Fali S Nariman tells SC it is unlawful to pass interim verdict on water sharing dispute.
4.36 pm: Another counsel for Karnataka Harish Salve requests SC to look into the aspect of water scarcity prevailing in Karnataka.
4.35 pm: Supreme Court says it wants to hear the Attorney General of India on the formation of the Cauvery Management Board.
4.22 pm: Nariman seeks SC not to pass any interim order and leave the water sharing dispute to Cauvery Supervisory Committee.
4.20 pm: Senior Counsel from Karnataka Fali S Nariman argued that there is no guidelines in the order of Cauvery Water Tribunal to release waters on monthly basis.
4.05 pm: Supreme Court tells Centre to constitute Cauvery management board at the earliest.
3.55 pm: Hearing still on at Supreme Court. Both parties make submissions as Karnataka contends asked to release more water.
2.30 pm: Pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj detained in Chamrajnagar.
2.15 pm: Supreme Court hearing underway on the Cauvery water issue. Karnataka water resources minister MB Patil also present in the court hall.
1.00 pm: Cauvery issue protests: Pro-Kannada organisations protest in Mandya (Karnataka)
12.43 pm: Pro-Kannada activists protest by eating mud, in Mandya (Karnataka) over the Cauvery issue.
12.28 pm: Cauvery water released from Mettur dam for irrigation in Tamil Nadu.
12.18 pm: Private vehicles with CCTV have been hired by the Bengaluru Police to keep a strict vigil in the city.
11.45 am: @BlrCityPolice In view of today's supreme court hearing on Kaveri water distribution, all security arrangements made in all Kar. Rly Stns.
@BlrCityPolice In view of today's supreme court hearing on Kaveri water distribution, all security arrangements made in all Kar. Rly Stns.— KAR Railway Police (@KARailwayPolice) September 20, 2016
10.00 am: Security stepped up outside Chief Minister's residence in Bengaluru.
9.00 am: Mandya (Karnataka): Locals offer prayers to 'Mother Cauvery' ahead of SC's decision on Cauvery issue.
8.52 am: Bengaluru Police has urged people to go to work as usual. City life as usual today. Do not panic and fall for rumours.SWAT vehicles have been positioned at important places in Bengaluru, police say.
BSF pressed into service at sensitive areas.
8.50 am: The Supreme Court will hear the Cauvery waters matter today at 2 PM. The legal team from Karnataka is yet to receive a copy of the Supervisory Committee's order. Once the order is received the next course of action would be decided.
8.38 am: Karnataka Home Minister has also directed police to conduct flag march around sensitive areas. Also appealed to pro-Kannada activists,farmers' associations to maintain peace.
8.30 am: Ahead of the hearing in SC, Karnataka Home Minister has directed police officials to keep fire engines, tear gas shells ready in Cauvery belt including Bengaluru.
8.15 am: Prohibitory orders in 5 taluks in Mandya and holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in the district.