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Telangana Government Will Not Allow Uranium Mining in Nallamala Forest - Mr Rao

Mining News - Published on Wed, 18 Sep 2019

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Indian Express, citing the IT and Industries Minister Mr KT Rama Rao, reported that the Telangana government has not given permission for uranium exploration in the Nallamala forest and that will not even give permission for it in the future as well. The Atomic Minerals Directorate does not need the permission of state government for uranium exploration in non-forest areas but as the proposal is for exploration inside the Nallamala forests, it had to seek the state government's permission.

Replying in the Legislative Council on behalf of Chief Minister Mr K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said that when the proposal came up for permission in 2016, the Telangana State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) in its meeting under the then forest minister Jogu Ramanna had clearly said that even if uranium is found to be present in the Nallamala forests during exploration, its mining will not be allowed.

Also, for the exploration, the SBWL laid down conditions which included, not a single tree should be chopped under any circumstances for the exploration and if bore wells are to be dug then the dug-up site should be restored.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 18 Sep 2019
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