The factories proposed in Nandigama area will aggravate the drought-like conditions, said CPI (ML) during a public hearing organised by the district administration on Thursday.

The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board conducted a public hearing on Sudhir Biotech factory proposed at Peddavaram village. Participating in the public hearing, CPI(ML) Krishna district secretary Muppalla Bhargavasri said that Nandigama area had been neglected for the last three decades. Drought conditions had prevailed in this part for last 30 years though river Krishna was flowing through the region. Neither Nagarjunasagar waters reach the agricultural fields here. Most of the farmers were dependent on lift irrigation, and cultivating dry land crops.

Crux Biotech, Sudhir Biotech, Vasistha Biotech were few companies that were planning to set up their factories only in Peddavaram village. Liquor factories under the garb of ethanol were also coming up. These factories would deprive the farmers of water that was available under lift irrigation schemes also. It would further aggravate the drought conditions, and push the farmers into debt trap. The region required agri-based industries, but not ethanol or biotech companies that would hamper the lives of the farmers, he said.