ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Itchy’ residents seek solutions

Danger zone: The deadly pollutants of Nallacheruvu froth at an agriculture field used to grow grass for milch cattle at Peerzadiguda on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Danger zone: The deadly pollutants of Nallacheruvu froth at an agriculture field used to grow grass for milch cattle at Peerzadiguda on the outskirts of Hyderabad.  

M. Sai Gopal

Miserable plight of people in colonies around Nallacheruvu in Uppal

Hyderabad: For 30-year-old Narasimha, the day starts on an itchy note, literally. The compelling urge to scratch due to itching has taken its toll. His body is full of rashes. His skin has become dark and for a 30-year-old he is going bald too. Now and then, he suffers bouts of fever.

Every family in all the colonies around Nallacheruvu lake in Uppal have a sordid tale to share like that of Narasimha’s. Infirmity is the order of the day here. Children with their forlorn eyes suffer from severe skin infection. The swarming mosquitoes only make it worse. Gold and silver jewellery and the ‘Mangalsutra’ lose their sheen within six months of purchase. Stainless steel and brass buckets get corroded within a fortnight. Residents here complain of an ‘oily’ layer forming over their body minutes after taking a bath.

The conditions in colonies like Kuruma Nagar, Sri Sri Colony, Bharatnagar and Peerzadiguda near Nallacheruvu are appalling to say the least.

The unbridled release of effluents into the lake from industries located in and around Nacharam and Mallapur has led to this frightening scenario. With officials entrusted with the duty of controlling pollution in the area remaining totally helpless in curbing the menace, people living in these colonies are the worst-hit.

For farming too

It’s not as if people of these colonies are affected. The local farmers use the polluted water of Nallacheruvu for irrigating agricultural fields where vegetables are grown. These vegetables are sold in the Uppal Rythu Bazar.

One does not need to be a scientist to declare that the water in Nallacheruvu is highly polluted.

The ‘foam’ that is generated because of the surfactants, chemicals having detergent properties, is stated to be result of domestic and industrial waste let into the lake from nearby areas. The pungent smell in the environs here is because of Hydrogen Sulphide, which is generated when domestic and industrial waste gets mixed over a long period of time.

Stir threat

“We constructed this colony about 11 years ago and since then, only once fogging was taken up by officials to control the mosquitoes.

If the officials do not take action, then we will take up mass agitations for our rights,” says Nomula Maisaiah, Secretary for Uppal branch of Andhra Pradesh Kuruma Sangham.



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