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Web Exclusive | February 2013

NPCIL team to inspect Rajauli site in Bihar for nuke plant

For establishment of a nuclear power station in Bihar, a team of experts of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) would soon visit for an on-the-spot inspection of the Rajauli site in Nawada district. The visit is being planned following the directives of the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) of India, Ratan Kumar Sinha.

Bihar government has renewed its demand for setting up a nuclear power plant (700x2 mw) at this site. If given the go ahead, it would be the first nuclear power plant in the eastern region of the country. Sinha, who is also the secretary of Atomic Energy Department, said that he had a detailed talk with Bihar CM during his recent visit to Patna, in which he said that the water-related problem at the Rajauli site may be solved.

Initially, NPCIL had proposed setting up a 4x700 mw nuclear power plant at Rajauli. But inadequate water availability was coming in the way. According to experts, 320 cusecs of water is required daily for the project, of which 160 cusecs would be consumed. A four-member expert team of the NPCIL had inspected the Rajauli site in 2007 and raised doubts over the availability of adequate water for the plant.

Bihar's water Resources Development (WRD) Department has now indicated the availability of 127 cusecs water from the proposed Dhanarjay reservoir and existing Phulwaria reservoir to meet the requirement of 2x700 mw or 4X450 mw N-power plant, which will need 160 cusecs water.

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