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In Nuclear Boost, Cabinet Clears Proposal to Build 10 Atomic Reactors


Updated: May 17, 2017, 7:05 PM IST
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In Nuclear Boost, Cabinet Clears Proposal to Build 10 Atomic Reactors
File photo of the Kudankulam nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu. (Photo: Reuters)

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to build 10 indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors, boosting the nuclear power generation in the country.

The 10 reactors of 700 MW each will give much needed fillip to the domestic nuclear industry."A total of 7000 MW capacity will be added," said Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal.

The reactors will be developed by the Department of Atomic Energy, PTI reported.

The 10 reactors would be built at Mahi Banswara (Rajasthan), Chutka (Madhya Pradesh), Kaiga (Karnataka) and Gorakhpur (Haryana).

India currently has installed nuclear power capacity of 6780 MW from 22 operational plants. Another 6700 MW of nuclear power is expected to be added by 2021-22 when currently under-construction projects go on stream in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

“As the government marks three years of its nation and people-centric governance, in a first of its kind project, the 10 new units will come up in fleet mode as a fully homegrown initiative. It would be one of the flagship Make in India projects in this sector," a government statement said.

The project is expected to help transform the nuclear industry with possible manufacturing orders of around Rs 70,000 crore and generate over 33,400 jobs.

(With PTI inputs)

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