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Niti Aayog member and scientist V K Saraswat on Sunday suggested
that the government should focus on setting up small modular
reactors as it would help meet the country's energy needs and also
in replacing aging thermal power plants, Trend reports citing ThePrint .
Saraswat also said nuclear power plant projects which have been
set up under the fleet mode production, should be accelerated, so
that India is able to meet base load requirements at the
“We are suggesting that in future we should go for small modular
reactors which will be able to meet this (energy) requirements in a
“And we are also thinking that it will be the best approach for
replacing the aging thermal power plants,” he told PTI in an
Small modular reactors (SMRs) are advanced nuclear reactors that
have a power capacity of up to 300 MW(e) per unit, which is about
one-third of the generating capacity of traditional nuclear power
Under the fleet mode, a nuclear power plant is expected to be
built over a period of five years from the first pour of
According to Saraswat, the advantage of an advanced modular
reactor is that it is factory fabricated and can be operated by any
agency and there could also be a larger participation of the
private sector in that.
Currently, India operates 22 reactors with a total capacity of
6,780 MW in operation.
Last year in December, Minister of State in the Department of
Space and Department of Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh had said the
share of nuclear power in the total electricity generation in the
country was about 3.1 per cent in 2020-21.
“The net-zero targets are expected to be met through a
combination of various clean energy sources, including nuclear
power. In this context, the present nuclear power capacity of 6,780
MW is planned to be increased to 22,480 MW by 2031 on progressive
completion of projects under construction and accorded sanction.
More nuclear power reactors are planned in future,” Singh had
Replying to a question on India's energy security, Saraswat, a
former chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation
said,”Our energy security per se has improved drastically as we are
not an energy starved nation any more.” He asserted that today
India is meeting all its energy demands domestically.
“As far as power generation is concerned, we are better off. We
have solar power, which is almost the cheapest in the world…And the
cost of setting up a solar plant has come down,” Saraswat
Asked to respond to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar
Rao's allegation that the Centre is forcing states to import coal
for thermal power stations, Sarasawat said these statements need
” Coal import is going on, in case of coastal power plants. It
is cheaper for coastal power plants to import coal compared to
transporting across states for example from Odisha to down south in
Karnataka,” he argued.
Asserting that coal has been made available to all thermal power
plants, Saraswat said,“Landlocked states which already have
thermal power plants, are supplied coal even when loads have gone
up.” For example, he recalled that during this summer, the loads
peaked up and there was hue and cry over coal availability for
“And by working with the Railways in tandem, we were able to
provide coal (to power plants across states). So managing, what is
called increased demand has been done in a very efficient manner,”
Recently, Rao had alleged that the BJP-led NDA government is
corrupt, and the government at the Centre would be replaced and
there would be inquiry on the 'misdeeds' such as coal import
pressure on states.
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