The Indian government is planning to set up nuclear power plants in Bihar, Haryana and Punjab in order to meet the country’s growing needs.
“Government aims to increase nuclear power generation capacity by three times in ten years. If it is 4,780 MW today, the same would go up to 13,480 MW. The new places are being explored for setting up plants to generate nuclear power which would be a big source for meeting the growing energy needs,” said Jitendra Singh, Minister of State, in the Prime Minister’s Office.
A site has been identified for a nuclear plant in Razauli in Bihar’s Nawada district in the last 18-19 months of the current government, he said. Singh also listed out places such as Patiala (Punjab), Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh).
"In the last two years, one nuclear power project i.e. Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna Units – 1 & 2 (GHAVP 1&2 — 2 x 700 MW) was accorded financial sanction and administrative approval," added Singh.
Currently, two public sector enterprises — Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI) — sets up nuclear power plants in the country.