Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / July 11, 2019
India currently has nuclear power capacity of 6,780 megawatt (mw) comprising 22 reactors.
Additionally, there are 9 reactors with a capacity of 6,700 mw under construction. This includes 500 mw Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) being implemented by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI) at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu.
BHAVINI is a wholly owned central enterprise under the administrative control of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
In 2017, the Centre had accorded approval and financial sanction of 12 nuclear power plants totalling 9,000 mw. On their progressive completion, the installed nuclear power capacity is projected to hit 8,180 mw by 2020 and 22,480 mw by 2031.
Besides, the central government had created Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) on June 12, 2015. General Insurance Corporation of India and other insurance companies had launched INIP with a corpus of Rs 1,500 crore to provide insurance to cover the liability as prescribed under Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (CLND) Act, 2010.
INIP had addressed issues related to CLND Act and facilitated commencement of work in setting up new nuclear power projects, according to the written reply submitted by the Centre in Lok Sabha yesterday.