Noted environmentalist and retired Osmania University professor Purushottam Reddy threatened to approach National Green Tribunal (NGT) against setting up of proposed Extremely Low Radio Frequency (ELFS) Radar station in about 3000 acres of Damagundam reserve forest near Vikarabad in Telangana.
Addressing a seminar organised by the Damagundam Reserve Forest Protection (DRFP) Joint Action Committee in Vikarabad today, he demanded the Union Government make public the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report with regard to the Extremely Low Radio Frequency (ELFS) and its impact on the people.
He said: Government should make the report public first as per the UN laws which also stipulates governments to conduct “public hearing” before setting up such highly volatile radiofrequency station”. He further suggested the government can set up the same at any island of its choice that India has in abundance. “Though it is essential for defence security of the country, it would be advisable to set up such hazardous establishments in no man’s zone such as islands but not definitely in thickly populated zones like Vikarabad”, he said adding that it would not only destroy the environment but also paralyze public lives.
He informed that the US government had withdrawn a similar proposal after there was a huge public opposition erupted. ‘When such a radar station was not acceptable to US govt how come it has become acceptable to our government’, he remarked.
Convenor of the DRFP JAC Muralidhar Deshpande and several environmental activists from across the country including representatives of All India Boudha Sangh from Delhi were among others who took part in the seminar.