Kovvada nuclear plant expensive and dangerous: former Power Secretary warns CAG [read letter]

Kovvada nuclear plant expensive and dangerous: former Power Secretary warns CAG [read letter]

We are publishing an urgent letter written by India’s former Union Power Secretary and eminent civil society activist Dr. EAS Sarma, to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India(CAG), highlighting how in the wake of terminal crisis of American and Japanese nuclear corporates, the proposed Kovvada nuclear plant in Andhra Pradesh would turn out to be exorbitant and dangerous.

 

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