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Hyderabad: The campaign to save Nallamalla forests gained further momentum  with leading celebrities joining the chorus against the proposed uranium exploration and mining SaveNallamalla was trending on the social media with actors, sportspersons, NGOs, environmentalists and concerned citizens throwing their weight behind the online campaign. Popular actress Samantha Akkineni signed an online petition addressed to the President urging him to intervene to save the forests spread over Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
As the voice grew louder, Telangana’s Minister K.T. Rama Rao assured that he will personally discuss the matter with Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
“I hear all of your concern on the issue of uranium mining in Nallamala forest. Assure you all that I shall personally discuss the matter with Hon’ble CM KCR Garu,” tweeted Rama Rao, who is also Working President of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and son of the Chief Minister.
The online petition, also signed by actress Anasuya Bharadwaj, voiced concern over the impact the uranium exploration will have on the forests, part of which falls in Amrabad Tiger Reserve and Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve.
“Do we need development? Yes!! But at what cost? Uranium mining will not only destroy the forest, but it will also contaminate the soil, flora and fauna..the waste will seep into the rivers and spread for miles & affect thousands of Indians,” tweeted actor Randeep Hooda.

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