Andhra Pradesh

‘Drop plan to mine uranium in Nallamala forest area’

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It proses grave threat to environment, say PDM and Virasam leaders

Members of the Revolutionary Writers’ Association (Virasam) and the Patriotic Democratic Movement (PDM) have said that the government should immediately drop the plan to mine uranium in the Nallamala forest area. At a meeting organised here on Sunday, Virasam executive body member P. Varalakshmi and environmental analyst Tummala Srikumar spoke about the proposed mining of uranium by the Central government.

Health hazard

Prof. Srikumar said extraction of uranium would cause damage to the environment and adversely impact the health of the people living in the vicinity of the mining site. Besides, agriculture and animal husbandry sectors would also be damaged over a period of time, he added.

“Mining is under way at Thummalapalli in Kadapa district in the first phase, and attempts are being made to launch the second phase,” said Ms. Varalakshmi.

This would cause damage to the Nallamala forest area. Wildlife would become extinct, she feared.

The government should give priority to the people and forests and stop the attempts to mine uranium, she observed.

As a part of the programme, members of the Prajakavi Mandali rendered songs aimed at creating awareness on the issue.

PDM State deputy secretary K. Venkatesh and Virasam State member Arasavalli Krishna were among others present.

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