ONGOLE,: Battina Prakash, a resident of Machavaram village in Kandukuru mandal of Prakasam district, migrated to Hyderabad nine years ago in search of livelihood along with his family and has since been leading an ordinary life working as a mason.
However, of late, it has been a tough task for him to find work due to the Telangana movement that hit the ongoing construction industry in an unprecedented way in the State Capital. As a result, many people from Prakasam district and its sorrounding districts, who are working as daily wage labourers in Hyderabad are going back to their native places unable to surive without work.
The construction industry has been facing problems for the past one year due to recession affecting daily wage workers.
With the agitation for separate Telangana intensfying in the Capital, builde r s a r e n o t showing interest in taking up new projects. As a re s u l t , the workers brought to Hyderabad by builders, are being sent back to their native places.
Nearly one lakh people from Kanigiri, Darsi, Podili, Markapuram and Kandukuru and their surrounding villages are enganged in various construction works in Hyderabad and a majority of them are returing to their villages.
About four lakh people from Prakasam and its neighbouring districts are also working in the construction sector and are facing the same situation.
A labour agent, V N Raja Rao, told the Express that there was no sign of starting the works in the near futre and the contractors were strictly advising the workers not to go to Hyderabad.
With this, unemployement in rising at an alarming rate in villages.