The Jana Vignana Vedika (JVV) district unit has taken objection to the proposed Krishnapatnam International Leather Complex (KILC) at Kothapatnam village in Kota mandal of Nellore district.

JVV leader G. Vijaya Kumar said that local people, fishermen and Dalits did not allow the public hearing on the KILC plant to take place considering its environmental implications and the harmful effects on their livelihood.

Dr. Vijaya Kumar said that the lives of residents of Kothapatnam, Kanupuru and Sreenivasa Sathram would be made miserable if hide and skin would be collected, stored or transported in the KILC plant. In the process of tanning, many harmful chemicals would be used. Moreover, traditional cobblers would lose their livelihood because of this, he added.