In a significant decision to fast-track India’s domestic nuclear power program, and give a push to country’s nuclear industry, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR).
The total installed capacity of the Plants will be 7000 MW. The 10 PHWR project will result in a significant augmentation of nuclear power generation capacity. India has current installed nuclear power capacity of 6780 MW from 22 operational plants. Another 6700 MWs of nuclear power is expected to come onstream by 2021-22 through projects presently under construction.
It would be one of the flagship “Make in India” projects in this sector. It also supports India’s commitment to sustainable development, energy self-sufficiency and bolsters global efforts to combat climate change.
Important Takeaways from above News for SBI PO Mains Exam-
- Piyush Goyal is the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines in the Government of India.
- Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS) was the first nuclear power plant in India.
Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)
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