Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday declared that the State government will not allow mining for uranium in the Nallamala forests.
His announcement in the Legislative Assembly follows increasing concern among villagers in the two identified forest blocks in the Amrabad Tiger Reserve in the Nallamala hill ranges as well as from NGOs and environmentalists over the adverse impact of uranium mining in the ecologically-sensitive area.
Chandrashekhar Rao also agreed to a proposal from Congress Legislature Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka that the House pass a resolution against the uranium mining proposal. “Let us do it tomorrow both here and in the Legislative Council. We will pass unanimous resolutions and send them to the Government of India,” Chandrashekhar Rao said.
The Chief Minister, amidst thumping of desks by the MLAs, said: “If the Centre keeps pressing, then all of us shall unite and fight against any such move.”
Chandrashekhar Rao said if allowed, the mining activity has the potential to pollute Krishna river affecting not just Telangana but also Andhra Pradesh along the course of the river as well as drinking water supplies to Hyderabad. “The Telangana government has not given any permissions and will not give any for uranium mining in Nallamalas,” he asserted.
He also pointed out that previously, it was the then Congress government in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh that accorded permissions for exploration of uranium ore. “Permission was also given for uranium mining in Kadapa and now the Andhra Pradesh government is looking into the pollution caused by the mining,” he said.
Earlier in the day, addressing the same issue in the Legislative Council, IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao too informed the members of the House that the State Government did not give any permissions for the actual exploratory drilling or mining for uranium in the Nallamala forests.