The government has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for construction of twelve nuclear power reactors to enhance nuclear power capacity in the country.
Of these, 10 indigenous 700 MW Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) will be set up in fleet mode and two units of Light Water Reactors (LWRs) to be set up in cooperation with Russian Federation. They will be commissioned in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Haryana, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
At present, the country has 22 reactors with a capacity of 6780 MW. In addition, nine reactors, with a total capacity of 6700 MW are under construction. The government has also accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for twelve more reactors with an aggregate capacity of 9000 MW.
The present policy (Consolidated FDI Policy of Government) puts atomic energy in the list of prohibited sectors. However, there is no restriction on FDI in the nuclear industry for the manufacturing of equipment and providing other supplies for nuclear power plants and related other facilities.
This information was given by the Union Minister of State Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.