E. Thandrapadu village, located within a kilometre from the river, is the one that suffers the most. Sree Rayalaseema Alkalies and Allied Chemicals Ltd, a chemical factory located in the village, owned by Rajyasabha M.P, T.G. Venkatesh is allegedly the main cause of water and land pollution in the area. The chemical effluents, such as Magnesium, Chlorine, Sulphuric acid, and other fluorine compounds released by the factory into the river, create grave problems to the village, residents said.
Agriculture is affected in this village, where major occupation of the people is farming. Apart from that, skin diseases are also prevalent due to bathing in contaminated water, residents said. To add to the misery, the nearest hospital is 10 km away from the village, in Kurnool town.
K. Hussain, a resident of the village accused T.G. Venkatesh, for the problems of the village. “That factory is the main reason for all the problems in this village. When someone complaints, they send him back with compensation. If labourers in the factory say anything bad about it, factory authorities will make sure that their jobs are lost.”
Lack of enough environmental awareness programmes make people throw plastic wastes in open areas. Cleaning of surroundings also doesn’t happen very often as MGNREGA is ineffective, residents said.
“NREGA workers get just Rs.30 to Rs.60 per day as middle men take the lion’s share of wages. If the situation continues like this, even if P.M. comes to this village, there won’t be an escape,” Ramaswamy, a resident of Bhairapur said.