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The grand plan to have a nuclear energy park and hub along coastal Andhra Pradesh is fraught with danger (‘ >Ground Zero’ – “The coast isn’t clear for India’s nuclear power quest”, July 30). This is a geographical stretch that continues to be battered by cyclones and has faced large-scale devastation in the past. It would be wise for the administration to take cognisance of an environmental impact assessment as well as social impact assessment report. The fertile coastal plains should not be turned into another Fukushima.

Chaitanya Gujjaru,

Eluru, Andhra Pradesh

There is no point in producing electricity that will be expensive to use after spending so much capital and time. The project will disrupt the livelihoods of thousands of people who depend solely on nature and the government has no right to subject them to this prospect. There are better and safer energy options.

Vineet K.R. Oswal,

Roorkee, Uttarakhand

It is evident that when it comes to seeking a special fiscal package for Andhra Pradesh, every State leader irrespective of political affiliation joins hands with his rival, but when it boils down to safeguarding people’s rights and their livelihood options, none is vocal. The risks of having a project on the scale envisioned in such a region and with a possible impact on health are immense.

Kush Mehndiratta,

New Delhi

The stakeholders in the nuclear energy park project should not be allowed to run roughshod over those they perceive to be a “ragtag bunch of protesters”. The possibility of seismic activity, after-effects of radiation and a disruption of livelihoods — as highlighted by former Union Energy Secretary E.A.S. Sarma — cannot be ignored.

D.V.R. Surya Rao,

Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh

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