Mandya has come to a standstill following the Supreme Court's order to Karnataka to release 15,000 cusec of Cauvery water every day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days. Pro-Kannada organisations and farmers associations are staging protest against the order, and schools, colleges, shops and public offices in the district have remained shut today.
Protesters have disrupted traffic on the Bengaluru-Mysuru state highway and blocked several roads. Bus services have been reportedly suspended across the district, and all the KSRTC buses travelling to Mysuru, Ramanagara, Kollegal, Mandya, Maddur, Mangaluru, Virajpet, Udupi, Gonikoppa and Ooty have been stopped.
The Mandya traffic police have created a Facebook page to help commuters by suggesting alternative route plans. "We from Mandya District Police are creating this facebook page to post updates regarding status of vehicular traffic and road blockades on Bangalore-Mysore Highway in Mandya District limits. We will be posting alternative routes to reach your destination in case of issues any where in the route on Bangalore - Mysore highway if it is blocked for any reason," a post on the page said.
They have assured help to anyone who is caught in traffic jams on the highway and promised to guide the commuters with an alternative route plan.
Mandya Traffic Police have since Monday evening been giving updates on the traffic situation in the region. Those affected can also reach them over phone through the numbers given by them.