Hyderabad: The campaign to save Nallamala forests from the effects of uranium mining has found a new supporter in actor Vijay Devarakonda. It may be recalled that in addition to political parties, several NGOs and people living in the forests in and around the Amrabad Tiger Reserve in Nallamala hill ranges, have been demanding that no permission be given by the State government for exploratory drilling for uranium in this forest area.
The actor who starred in movies like ‘Arjun Reddy’, ‘NOTA’, ‘Mahanati’ and others, on Thursday tweeted his support to the anti-uranium mining movement. In the tweet, Devarakonda said “uranium can be bought but can forests be bought.” He further said “what do we do with uranium and electricity when we don’t have breathable air and drinkable water?” The actor’s tweet was retweeted nearly 3,000 times by evening with more than 11,000 likes.
Previously, Congress, Jana Sena Party led by Pawan Kalyan, and TJS have opposed the proposal for uranium mining. Congress also set up a committee to lead its campaign to oppose the mining activity. It may be recalled that Uranium Corporation of India Limited had proposed drilling in two blocks of Nallamala forests for establishing quantum of uranium ore deposits. The State Forest Department is yet to formally approve the proposal without which no mining related activity can be taken up.
NGOs, villagers in Amrabad Tiger Reserve area and others fear that any mining activity will result in serious ground, air and water pollution, all of which will find its way into Rivers Dindi and Krishna affecting not just Telangana but also downstream Andhra Pradesh.