Juggle Mailapally stands with his family in his village. Courtesy: Raksha Kumar

In Kovvada, villagers displaced forcibly even as the prospects of Westinghouse’s nuclear project remain uncertain

While questions about the viability of the project still persist, people of Ranastalam have had to give up their lands. The Andhra Pradesh government announced in December 2017 that the land acquisition for the project was completed successfully.

 

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