Cabinet clears proposal to build 10 indigenous nuclear reactors, to generate more than 33,400 jobs
New Delhi, May 17: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today cleared the proposal to build 10 indigenous nuclear reactors to boost country’s nuclear industry which is also expected to generate more than 33,400 jobs in direct and indirect employment. As per the reports, the total installed capacity of the Plants will be 7000 MegaWatts. “A total of 7000 MW capacity will be added. It will help produce clean energy,” Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said. The project to build 10 Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) will result in a significant augmentation of nuclear power generation capacity, as per a report relaesed by PIB. “The ten reactors will be part of India’s latest design of 700 MW PHWR fleet with state-of-art technology meeting the highest standards of safety,” the report said.
The PIB report read: “As the government marks three years of its nation and people centric governance, in a first of its kind project for India’s nuclear power sector, the ten 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.”
According to the reports, India has currently installed nuclear power capacity of 6780 MW from 22 operational plants. the reports also have it that another 6700 MWs of nuclear power will soon be installed by 2021-22 through projects that are presently under construction. The 10 PHWR project will help in transforming the Indian nuclear industry as it will link India’s goal of becoming a strong nuclear power sector with indigenous industrial capacities in high-end technologies, with the manufacturing orders of close to 70,000 crores to the domestic industry, the PIB report said.