Manmohan Singh Laid the Foundation Stone for India's Largest Nuclear Power Plant Site
January 17, 2014 • 11:58AM

On Jan. 15, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the country's largest nuclear power plant, at Gorakhpur village in the Fatehabad district of Haryana. The plant's first two units of indigenous nuclear reactors, developed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), will produce 1400 MW. Two additional reactors of 700 MW capacity each at the same site will receive approval in the 13th plan period (2017-2021), by which time, the first two units will be operational. The actual construction work will begin in June 2015, after which, it may take five and a half years for the first unit to be ready and another six months for the second unit. Both units are likely to produce commercial electricity by 2020-21. The 2800 MW nuclear power plant in Haryana is to be followed by two more 2800 MW nuclear power units, at Bhimpur in Madhya Pradesh and Mahi Banswara in Rajasthan. In addition, a 1400 MW unit will be built at Chutka in Madhya Pradesh.

While laying the foundation stone of the $4 billion project, the Prime Minister said that the people of Haryana have set an example by adopting such an advanced method of power generation. A total of around 1,500 acres of land in the villages of Gorakhpur, Kajalheri, and Badopal, in the district Fatehabad, have been acquired for the project and $120 million has been paid to 847 families of these villages as compensation.

The agreement reached with the people in acquiring the land, is considered a welcome respite amidst recent rounds of opposition, orchestrated by various anti-nuclear forces, that New Delhi faced in obtaining land for installations of nuclear power plants.

During the construction stage, a maximum of 8,000 persons (when construction of Stage-I will be nearing completion and construction of Stage-II will be started) will be deployed; and up to the final stage of the project about, 1,700 workers will be required (covering technical and general administration).