ANDHRA PRADESH

NGRI team will survey fluoride-hit villages: MP

VIJAYAWADA, AUG. 14. Experts from the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, will soon visit Prakasam district to look into the problems of fluorosis and water salinity prevalent in several villages. The decision follows a representation made to the Government in this regard by the Bapatla MP, Daggubati Purandareswari.

Report to be readied

In an informal chat with reporters here on Friday, Ms. Purandareswari said that several villages in the Martur area faced the fluorosis problem, while the villages in Kuchanapudi mandal had to deal with the problem of high water salinity. There were a few other villages in the surrounding areas, which also faced similar problems.

The team of experts would make an in-depth survey of the affected areas and submit a report to the Government. Based on the report, the State Government would initiate necessary measures, she said.

In service of people

Replying to questions, Ms. Purandareswari who described her entry into politics `unexpected', said she was at the same time delighted to be in politics as it provided an opportunity to serve people. "I am happy that I have a podium from where I can address the problems of people. Even if I am able to cater to the problems of a minuscule section, I will feel contended," she said.

Sister act

Asked about her equations with younger sister, Bhuvaneswari, wife of the former Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, in view of the changed political scenario, she shot back, "She was my sister yesterday, she is my sister today and she will continue to be one tomorrow too."

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