Bihar’s First Nuclear Power Plant to come up at Rajauli
Bihar will soon have a Nuclear Power Plant at Rajauli in Nawada district. Four distinct Nuclear Reactors would be setup producing 2800 MW of Electricity in the State. The State Government has identified a location with an area of 3000 Acres for setting up of Nuclear Power Plant.
According to the Dr. Ratan Kumar, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India, a standing site selection committee of Nuclear Scientists will soon visit the location to make a Preliminary Report of the Nuclear Plant.
The Team will also check if all the necessary parameters can be met at the location like availability of water, seismic activity, movement below earth and tectonic activity.
Rajauli has been selected as location because of its proximity to Dams at Dharajay and Fulwaria. A total of 28,032 hectare-meter (320 cusec) water is required, out of which 14,016 hectare-meter (160 cusec) would be consumptive.
Dr. Ratan Kumar was speaking at Alumni Golden Jubilee function of 1963 batch of NIT Patna. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who was also present at the Alumni Meet said that he was yet to formally meet the AEC Chairman.
Earlier, the state government had requested the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for installation of a 4×700 MW nuclear power project at Rajauli for which a team of NPCIL experts had visited the area for site selection in 2007. When the state government expressed its inability to supply water for the project, the site could not be finalised.
As an alternative location,Pirpainti in Bhagalpur is also under consideration.