The expert forest panel of India’s environment ministry has recommended forest clearance for the 1400MWe Chutka Madhya Pradesh atomic power plant.
The project, estimated cost is about INR165.5bn ($2.5bn), will have two 700MWe indigenous pressurised water reactors (PHWRs). More than 400 tribal families are likely to be displaced by the project and the ministry is reportedly offering compensatory afforestation of double the diverted forestland and the planting of nearly 119,460 trees.
India has installed nuclear power capacity of 6780MWe from 22 operational plants. Another 6700MWe is expected to come online by 2021-22 through projects already under construction.
Earlier in May, the government approved construction of 10 PHWRs with a total capacity of 7,000MWe. “With likely manufacturing orders of close to INR700bn to the domestic industry, the project will help transform Indian nuclear industry by linking our goal of a strong nuclear power sector with our indigenous industrial capacities in high-end technologies,” an official statement said.