Decks cleared for first-ever atomic energy plant in Haryana: Jitendra Singh

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New Delhi | Updated: Jun 14, 2015 8:49 AM

Minister of State for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh on Saturday said that decks have been cleared for the first-ever atomic energy plant to be set up in Haryana.

Jitendra Singh atomic plantJitendra Singh said that the northern states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were so far somehow not actively involved in the atomic energy programme of India. (PTI)

Minister of State for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh on Saturday said that decks have been cleared for the first-ever atomic energy plant to be set up in Haryana.

Addressing a press conference here to highlight the achievements of the Department of Atomic Energy during one year in office of the present government, Dr. Singh said that the Department of Atomic Energy succeeded in launching an insurance pool of Rs. 1500 crore and added that with this the decks have been cleared for further progress in installing a Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor with a capacity of two units of 700 MW each in Gorakhpur and Haryana.

He said that this reactor is expected to get commissioned by 2022 or 2023.

Jitendra Singh said that the northern states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were so far somehow not actively involved in the atomic energy programme of India which was hitherto confined mostly to other parts of the country and added that India’s atomic energy programme has assumed a pan-India visibility with this new initiative.

He said that Narendra Modi had, during his first-ever visit to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in the month of July last year, set a target before the scientists for increasing India’s nuclear energy capability to three times within next ten years.

Prime Minister Modi believed that with the new Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor to be set up under Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (GHAVP), a rapid step forward would be accomplished in the direction of achieving such similarity in the times to come, he said.

Another major announcement made by Dr. Singh was that since the Department of Atomic Energy was one of the rare departments of the Government of India which had its headquarters in Mumbai and not in the national capital, it has been planned to set up a centre called “Hall of Nuclear Power” at the New Delhi Science Centre at Pragati Maidan.

“This will not only establish the visibility of Department of Atomic

Energy in the national capital, but also help in spreading public awareness about the kind of work and accomplishments being done by the Indian nuclear scientists,” he said.

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