Land acquisition woes may stall nuclear power blitz via The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Seeking to move aggressively on a low-carbon growth path, India has set a target to nearly double its nuclear power capacity in next four years and increase it by almost eleven times by 2031-32 provided it doesn’t face hurdles like land acquisition.

At present, the country – which ranks 13th in terms of electricity generation from nuclear source and seventh in terms of having operational nuclear reactors – has installed capacity of 5,780 MW.

Sharing basic details of the government’s future plan on nuclear power in Parliament, the minister of state in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh on Thursday said the installed nuclear power capacity was expected to increase to 10,080 MW on progressive completion of under commissioning and under construction projects by 2019.
According to the data published by the Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last year, there are 31 countries in the world which generate electricity from nuclear sources. Out of total number of 443 reactors in the world, the US has the highest number of reactors (99) followed by France (58), Japan (48), Russia (34), China (27), South Korea (24) and India (21).

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