Each year, the government will deploy an N: DAE reactor

NEW DELHI: To boost the commercial use of civil nuclear energy in the country, the Modi government has decided to commission one each year.

Shrikrishna Gupta, a senior atomic energy department officer led by Jitendra Singh, announced Tuesday before the Union minister on Tuesday that a 700 MW pressurized heavy water reactor will be put into service at the Kakrapar nuclear plant in April. Kakrapar-3 is likely to be commissioned in mid-2020. Kakrapar-4 by mid-2021 and RAPP-7 by mid-2022 in Rawatbhata, he said. The 22 reactors of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) with an installed capacity of 6780 MW are operational, he said.

The DAE official said: In nuclear power programs, the Kaiga-1 reactor (KGS-1) has set 962 days of continuous and uninterrupted operation, which is a world record. He said Tarapur atomic energy reactors - units 1 and 2: completed 50 years of operation this year. The two boiling water reactors, the first in the country, were put into service in October 1969.

“We have also facilitated the use of atomic energy in non-energy sectors such as agriculture, health, water and the environment. In the health sector, Gupta said, “seven cancer hospitals are being created across the country. Of the seven, two, in Varanasi and Guwahati, are already operational. We are also using derived technologies for the detection of tuberculosis and oral cancer, said Shrikrishna Gupta. Around 46 varieties of seeds have also been developed and distributed among farmers, he said.