ANDHRA PRADESH

River pollution kicks up row

Voicing concern:CPI (M) leader MA. Gafoor addressing press persons in Kurnool on Monday.-PHOTO:U. SUBRAMANYAM

Voicing concern:CPI (M) leader MA. Gafoor addressing press persons in Kurnool on Monday.-PHOTO:U. SUBRAMANYAM  

The pollution of Hundri and Tungabhadra rivers at the confluence kicked up a row involving various sections of people here on Monday.

The Butchers Association carried out a rally protesting against naming them as responsible for the pollution to some extent.

Earlier, the officials stated that bone processing and carcass processing units were also responsible for the pollution to some extent.

The members of the association criticised the officials and the leaders who tried to drag them into the controversy. Former Praja Rajyam leader D. Vishnuvardhan Reddy also joined the issue and supported the cause of butchers saying the reasons for the pollution were different, which needed to be probed. He expressed his displeasure over the press not being sensitive to the public issue. He said instead of being answerable to public, the elected representatives and Ministers remained silent and even targeted those who supported the activists.

Later, Mr. Vishnuvardhan Reddy along with his supporters proceeded to Hyderabad in a convoy to represent matter to the Governor and Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, CPI (M) leaders criticised the district administration for being insensitive to the issue despite representatives of eight political parties presenting a memorandum a fortnight ago. Mr. Gafoor said if factories were not contributing to the pollution, the management should allow independent bodies to inspect the factory premises and the river.

He said even the Pollution Control Board was silent about the public distress in the last 20 days.

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