Agricultural fields turning into concrete jungles, vanishing green cover, rapid urbanisation at the cost of disturbing ecological balance and rampant pollution are some of the ill that will follow acquisition of new Capital status by Vijayawada. These adverse effects of rapid urbanisation are already here to see as found out by The Hindu lensman V. Raju. Krishna and Guntur districts, known for farming, are likely to lose more green cover and agricultural lands with this development and departments need to be scattered in the two districts to minimise the impact.
Devotees in large numbers thronged the Manginapudi beach near Machilipatnam in Krishna District on Sunday and Monday to bid adieu to Lord Ganesha amid colourful celebrations. Giving a go-by to the environmentalists’ call to prefer clay idols as a gesture to keep beaches eco-friendly, the devout largely preferred idols made of Plaster of Paris. Among hundreds of idols immersed on both the days, one could not find even a single clay idol. As the sun went down, the only pristine beach was found littered with material used in Ganesh Puja and turned into a dumping yard. Text and photographs by T. Appala Naidu.