News analysis: India aims to be self-reliant in nuke-power generation
NEW DELHI, April 2 (Xinhua) — India has 22 nuclear power plants with a power generation capacity of 6,780 megawatts.
Majority of them are spread in southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and western states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
No doubt, power supply situation has improved a lot, even if compared with a period less than a decade ago. Remote villages in large agrarian states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Odisha, which used to get power supply as low as two to three hours a day, now get electricity for more than 20 hours a day.
Power supply situation got improved due to a considerable increase in the nuclear power generation capacity over the years. Some of it has come from foreign collaboration with countries like Russia, but most of it is the result of India’s indigenous efforts. The country’s nuclear experts continue to make efforts towards achieving self-reliance in terms of nuclear power generation capacity.
Published in Xinhua Net, 2nd April, 2018