New Delhi: Government Wednesday said it has not
decided to shift the location of a proposed nuclear power
plant from Haripur in West Bengal to neighbouring Orissa.
Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy said this in
reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha.
The coastal region of Haripur had been allotted to Russian
company Rosatom for developing a nuclear park for its 1000 MW
atomic power plants.
Reports had said that Russia was keen on shifting the
project to neighbouring Orissa given the politically sensitive
issue of land acquisition.
The concerns were reportedly expressed by the Russians in
the wake of the Trinamool Congress joining local fishermen in
protests against a possible rise in the temperature of
seawater in the Bay of Bengal.
As envisaged in the 12th five-year plan, six Russian-made
nuclear reactors were in the pipeline - two at Haripur in West
Bengal and four at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.
In reply to a separate question, Narayanasamy said
pre-project activities were in progress for two 700 MW
indigenously-developed nuclear power plants at Gorakhpur in
Haryana and another two similar units at Chutka in Madhya
A pair of 1000 MW nuclear power plants are being built at
Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu by Russia. Haripur site has been
allocated to Russia for building two 1000 MW nuclear power
plants. Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh and Chhaya Mithi Virdi in
Gujarat have been allocated to US companies for developing
atomic power plants. Two 1650 MW plants are expected to be
built at Jaitapur in Maharashtra by French company Areva.
The Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors are expected to come
up at Gorakhpur in Haryana and Chutka in Madhya Pradesh in
about six years from the start of work.
"The recently approved completion cost of the indigenous
PHWR project is about Rs 8.2 crore per MW," Narayanasamy said.
He said the time schedule and cost of projects proposed to
be set up with international cooperation will depend on the
business model finalised and will be known after conclusion of