Visakhapatnam

‘Consider Girijans views on bauxite mining’

Members of Democratic Women Writers Forum sharing their experience after visiting Hudhud affected coastal areas, in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

Members of Democratic Women Writers Forum sharing their experience after visiting Hudhud affected coastal areas, in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar  

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There are several factors such as climate change, global warming, rapid industrialisation and misuse of resources that leave an adverse implication on ecological imbalance, leading to natural disaster such as cyclone Hudhud, member of Democratic Women Writers Forum (DWWF) from Warangal Katyayani said.

After a two-day trip to places like Mindi, Sunkarametta, Beespuram, Chukavanipalem, Mulagada, Galikonda and Yeduravanipalem, 10 members of the forum, both from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States, interacted with media persons on the issues relating to increased pollution and temperature levels and loss of greenery.

“Those who are in favour of bauxite mining should consider the interest of the Girijans living in Agency areas as they worry that their fertile land will be lost forever, causing a permanent dent to their livelihoods. Government should take all the measures to consider their views before going ahead with the bauxite mining,” Prof. Katyayani said.

The team visited several slum areas to understand the sufferings of the people in detail. “Apart from the lost green cover, most of the thatched huts here are in a shambles post the calamity. They are yet to recoup the losses and get back to normalcy,” said N. Rukmini, another member from Guntur.

Some of the members said that those residing near the pharmaceutical industries were the worst hit as they have to bear the brunt of air and water pollution and said that most of them have been suffering from skin and lung diseases.

The two-day trip that concluded on Saturday was supported by the Green Climate team. Malleswari from Visakhapatnam, Kavini and Nalini from Hyderabad and Shanti Praboda from Nizamabad along with others plan to bring out their experiences in the form of poetry, essays and short stories and request the government to take serious measures to address the problems, the members added.

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