‘India to seek $26 bn private investment in nuclear power sector’.

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Economy

Topic: Infrastructure

Issue: Nuclear Power

Context: For the first time, the government is pursuing private investment in nuclear power.


  • Nuclear Power, a non-carbon-emitting energy source, currently contributes less than 2%(~6.8 GW) of India’s total electricity generation.
  • With private investment, the government hopes to build 11,000 megawatts (MW) of new nuclear power generation capacity by 2040.
  • The funding would also help India achieve its target of having 50% of its installed electric generation capacity use non-fossil fuels by 2030, up from 42% now.
  • Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), a PSU wholly owned by the government, owns and operates the country’s fleet of nuclear power plants.
  • Funding Plan:
  • a)Private companies – will make the investments in the nuclear plants, acquire land, water, and undertake construction in areas outside the reactor complex of the plants.
  • b)Whereas the rights to build and run the stations and their fuel management will rest with NPCIL.



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