India starts building 25TH Nuke plant

Greater Kashmir

Rawatbhata (Raj), July 18: Sending a strong signal on continuance of its nuclear programme despite the Fukushima accident, India today began construction of its 25th atomic power plant and announced to build four more indigenous 700 MW units than planned earlier.
 The first pour of concrete for the 700 MW indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR), the seventh nuclear plant at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS), took place in this bustling Rajasthan township about 65 km from Kota.
 The ceremony, which signals the beginning of the construction of a nuclear plant, was attended by Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Srikumar Banerjee and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) CMD Shreyans Kumar Jain.
 The 25th plant coincides with the silver jubilee of NPCIL next year.
 The construction of this plant was scheduled to start in March but was put off pending safety review in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident, said S A Bhardwaj, Director (Technical) NPCIL.
 “We had to revisit the safety measures and have a relook at the design in the wake of the Fukushima accident” he said.
 Bhardwaj said after the review, some additional safety features were incorporated and the 700 MW plant now can withstand a scenario of a breach in the Gandhisagar dam situated at a height near Rawatbhata and simultaneous July 26 like rainfall in the region.