• Monday, 12 March, 2018 10:48:AM

    The single largest nuclear power plant of the country at Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu with a capacity of 6,000 MW commissioned on 22nd October 2013, with the cost of Rs. 57,000 crore was conceived in the year 1988 and an Inter Government Agreement was signed between the then Prime Minister of India Late Rajeev Gandhi and the Soviet Head of the state, Mikhail Gorbacheb, for the construction of these two reactors. Due to the change of guards and dissolution of Soviet Union, this project remained in limbo; however, the construction  restarted in 2002. The construction of 3rd and 4th unit was commissioned on 17th February, 2016. The then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu and current PM Narendra Modi, made it critical through the TV, the cost per unit is approximately Rs. 3.89/- and the team of Russian company claimed that this cost is much lower in comparison to the cost projected by the French company for another plant. 

    The life is 60 years which can be further extended for another 20 years. Sources say, if the government goes with the French company for Jaitpur Plant, this will again add “masala” to the opposition parties to blame as being done for the Rafael deal.


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