Government of India, in June of 2017, accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for setting up ten indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) of 700 MW each in fleet mode.
These reactors of indigenous technology are being set up by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a wholly owned PSU of Government of India under the administrative control of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
These reactors are proposed to be set up in Chutka (Madhya Pradesh), Kaiga (Karnataka), Mahi Banswara (Rajasthan), Gorakhpur (Haryana) and Mahi Banswara (Rajasthan).
It is said that pre-project activities comprising of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement, Environmental Clearance, etc are in progress at various stages at these sites.
Land is available at Kaiga and Gorakhpur sites and land acquisition is at an advanced stage at Chutka and Mahi Banswara sites.
Environmental Clearance is accorded for Chutka 1&2 and GHAVP 3&4 projects.
For other sites, the process of Environmental Clearance is in various stages.
In addition, procurement of long manufacturing cycle equipment, human resource planning etc. have been initiated.
With the progressive completion of projects under construction (including 500 MW Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), being implemented by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited [BHAVINI] and projects sanctioned (including these ten PHWRs), the total nuclear power capacity will reach 22480 MW by the year 2031.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.>