#CauveryIssue: Tamilians, Kannadigas and everyone in between talk about futility of violence

Cauvery issue: Social media users not only called out for peace but also expressed concerns about living in the city and its relationship with Chennai

FP Staff September 13, 2016 14:39:38 IST
#CauveryIssue: Tamilians, Kannadigas and everyone in between talk about futility of violence

The Cauvery issue flared up on Monday after the Supreme Court directed the Karnataka government to release 12000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu till 20 September, modifying its earlier order that said 15000 cusecs were to be released.

The city burnt as protesters set vehicles on fire; trucks and buses from Tamil Nadu were pelted with stones near Bengaluru.

As the issue gathered momentum, so did social media chatter on the issue. Various users called out not only for peace but also there were many who expressed concerns about living in Bengaluru and the city's relationship with Chennai.

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation had suspended all bus services to Tamil Nadu and metro rail services in the city were temporarily suspended in Bengaluru. Every week a significant number of people travel between Bengaluru and Chennai. Many such travellers used social media to share their travel woes.

However, in light of the violent protests, many residents from Bengaluru and Chennai voiced their views and offered help through Twitter and other social media platforms.

A few users expressed their frustration with the current state of affairs and lamented over the violence that took place in the city. Violence in the city during the protests made many citizens wonder about their safety in the state.

Despite this, there was a general feeling of nostalgia for the great relationship that the two cities have shared in the part. Several users quoted examples from the recent Chennai floods, when hundreds of Bengalureans came together to send across help for the Chennai citizens.

While a curfew has been imposed across 16 areas in the city, users took to social media earlier on Tuesday to spread the word about the BMTC (Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation) services that have been resumed.

Meanwhile, a couple of users reported about disturbance in an area in the city, while the Bangalore City Police has announced that the situation is under control in most areas.

After many vechicles were torched, users wrote about how perhaps setting things on fire was not the best way one could drive the point across about a dispute on water sharing in times of water shortage.

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