Cabinet clears proposal to build ten atomic reactors

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Seeking to give a fresh impetus to India’s domestic nuclear power production, the Union cabinet cleared a proposal to indigenously build 10 atomic reactors, the largest ever approval granted for such facilities in one go.

Once completed, the 10 reactors of 700 MW each will give much needed fillip to the domestic nuclear industry. The Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) will be developed by the Department of Atomic Energy.

According to PTI, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that a total of 7000 MW capacity will be added. It will help produce clean energy. The 10 reactors would be built at Mahi Banswara (Rajasthan), Chutka (Madhya Pradesh), Kaiga (Karnataka) and Gorakhpur (Haryana).

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With likely manufacturing orders of close to Rs 700 billion to the domestic companies, the project is expected to help transform Indian nuclear industry and likely generate more than 33,400 jobs in direct and indirect employment.

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