New Delhi, May 17 : In order to boot the power sector of the contry, central government has cleared a proposal to indigenously build 10 Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) atomic reactors, under the department of Atomic Energy.
With the manufacturing cost close to Rs 70,000 crore the project is expected to transform Indian nuclear industry and likely generate more than 33,400 jobs in direct and indirect employment. The 10 reactors would be built at Mahi Banswara (Rajasthan), Chutka (Madhya Pradesh), Kaiga (Karnataka) and Gorakhpur (Haryana).
Interacting with media after the high level cabinet meeting Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said, “A total of 7000 MW capacity will be added. It will help produce clean energy," Once completed, the 10 reactors of 700 MW each will give much needed fillip to the domestic nuclear industry he added.
Mentioning it as the flagship programme of the Make in India project Goyal reiterated that this initiate would transform the energy sector in the country and this will be the first of its kind project for India's nuclear power sector where the 10 new units would be constructed indigenously.
The statement said, "The Cabinet’s decision reflects the Government’s commitment to prioritise the use of clean power in India’s energy mix, as part of low-carbon growth strategy and to ensure long-term base load requirement for the nation’s industrialization. It also supports India’s commitment to sustainable development, energy self-sufficiency and bolsters global efforts to combat climate change."
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.
Along with this, the Union Cabinet also approved setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Assam and four laning of Porbandar-Dwarka Section of NH-8E in Gujarat among others.