After an unexpected retaliation from the nature conservationists which in turn stirred the state politics with the support of film stars and oppositions, the government announced that the excavation would be halted. But the on-field reports tell another story. Did the excavations for the uranium deposits really stop?
As per the local villagers near the Nallamala forest, the excavation works are still on and they claimed that the ground testing is still going on in some areas of the forest. The locals also confronted that they came across a jet plane which took numerous rounds across the forest at a low altitude. “This has happened around three times in a month like never before,” they added. They have expressed concern over the mining even after a public statement issued by the government that they would not go for mining.
On the other hand, Telangana State Wildlife Conservation Board has called off the cleared given to Atomic Mineral Directorate (AMD) for exploration and excavation of uranium deposits in the Nallamala forest. Owing to the backlash received from all ends of the political spectrum, the Telangana government has decided to call off the planned excavations in the recent cabinet meeting. Accordingly, the state government has sent orders to Central Forest Department and Central Wildlife Board, the cancelling the permits and agreements given by the Telangana State Wildlife Board in December 2016.