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CPI threatens stir to save Manjira river basin

Posted by on March 24, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: The All India Kisan Sanghatan, a farmer’s wing of Communist Party of India, has demanded that the State government withdraw the contract to excavate sand from the Manjira River Basin near Birkud village to a construction company which was digging up sand more than five times causing hazardous effects on environment. It also threatened to launch an agitation shortly if the government and the officials concerned failed to initiate action against the erring company.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, the AIKS president, Mr T Shekhar, said that the Krishna Construction Company, which was awarded contract to take out sand from Manjira river basin near Birkud village for more than Rs two crores was taking away 30 tonnes of sand in 500 lorries every day. It has already excavated sand up to 15 feet deep as against five feet as stipulated in the contract, he added.

As a result, the villagers have started facing acute scarcity of water for drinking and farming purposes. Birkud village has more than 1,800 bore-wells and 3,500 acres of cultivable land which are badly affected by extraction of sand from the Manjira basin. Besides the water scarcity, the villagers were dying due to inhalation of dust that was created by sand lorries.

The AIKS president lamented that no action has been taken against the company in spite of lodging complaints with the district Collector and the Ministry of Mines and Geology. He also criticized the local TDP MLA, Mr Hanumant Rao, for shielding the erring company and its malpractices. He also hinted that the villagers would go on warpath if the government failed to take action against the company immediately. (NSS)

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