Conflict always causes disruptions. This time the troubled waters of Cauvery created obstacles for the bikers of the two warring states Karnataka and Tamil nadu. Till about three weeks ago there was good bon homie between the bikers and the villagers of the two states whenever they rode past on their thumping bikes. Bikers would be cheered on by the bystanders on either side of the road, establishing an unspoken bond.
Many bikers have confirmed that from the third week of September this year ever since the trouble over the sharing of the Cauvery waters erupted, the Tamilnadu police has been turning back all vehicles with Karnataka registration numbers. This has been confirmed by media reports also.
The riding season is just starting as the monsoons are coming to an end. But roads in these two states are no longer buzzing with riders. One of the oldest clubs of Bengaluru had to cancel a trip to Yercaud planned Many Solorider visitors have also reported facing road bumps of similar kind.
It remains to be seen how the response will be for the Goa rally in November when a good number of bikers are usually seen from Tamil nadu. They all have to pass through Karnataka at some point and if the inter-state police puts barricades for riders from TN they have to take a longer route via Hyderabad.
So will bikers prove to be a bridge over the troubled Cauvery waters?
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