SAVE NALLAMALA - SAVE FOREST - SAVE TIGERS

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The Central government has permitted the mining of radioactive uranium in the NALLAMALA FOREST ZONE. This operation requires deforestation of a majority forest in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh regions.

This will destroy "Nagarjuna Sagar- Srisailam tiger reserve (NSST)" which is known to be the largest tiger reserve in India.
Post bifurcation of Andhra and Telangana, The reserve in the Telangana is called “Amrabad Tiger Reserve” and the Andhra one remains to be called NSST.

Now in-principle’ approval for exploratory drilling for uranium ore in 76 sqkm inside the Amarabad Tiger Reserve is given, which is home to about 24 tigers and boasts of a rich array of wildlife including leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, different kinds of deer among other animals.

Richness is synonymous with this tiger reserve as it harbors great biodiversity, comprising of around 70 species of mammals, more than 300 hundred avian varieties, 60 species of reptiles and thousands of insects, all supported and nourished by more than 600 different plant species.

The proposed area is hilly and highly undulating. The drilling of 4,000 deep holes will disfigure the reserve, ruining the wildlife habitat. Proposed to cover 20,500 acres, the project seems poised to destroy the ecology of the entire tiger reserve.

The exploration will expose and pollute surface water, groundwater and leech the minerals and dangerous chemicals into the Nagarjuna Sagar dam.

A tribal region named "Mannanuru" will have to face the toxic effects of this mining.
The proposal to mine for uranium in this Eden will not only kill its wild denizens but will also take away the livelihoods of the Chenchu, besides exposing them and hundreds of others to uranium contamination