Northern India’s first nuclear plant to come up in Haryana’s Gorakhpur

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Union Minister Jitendra Singh on 19 February said that North India's first nuclear power plant is being set up in Gorakhpur, Haryana, about 150 km north of the national capital.

An overview of the news

  • The Center has approved the setting up of 10 nuclear reactors to increase India's nuclear capacity.

  • The Department of Atomic Energy has also been permitted to form joint ventures with Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) for resources to set up nuclear power plants.

  • Nuclear power plants were earlier mostly confined to southern states such as Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and western Maharashtra but will now be developed across the country.

About first nuclear plant in Haryana’s Gorakhpur

  • Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Project (GHAVP) consists of two units of 700 MW each.

  • Each of these has indigenously designed Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR).

  • It is under implementation near Gorakhpur village of Fatehabad district in Haryana.

  • So far, an amount of ₹4,906 crore has been spent out of the total allocated amount of ₹20,594 crore.

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