A team of officials from the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) will visit two proposed sites in Bhiwani and Hisar on June 23 and 24 to assess their suitability for setting up a second atomic power plant in Haryana.
The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has offered two sites to NPCIL in Balsamand area of Hisar and Kitlana-Nimiriwali-Ajitpur area of Bhiwani.
Land is already being acquired for the first nuclear power plant proposed to come at Gorakhpur in Fatehabad district.
Quoting NPCIL executive director Nalinish Nagaich, a spokesperson said that during the visit, the team wishes to collect certain details regarding the availability of water, cropping patterns, power evacuation arrangements and the distance from the nearest railway head in order to proceed further. He added that in December 2010, HPGCL carried out a preliminary survey of these sites and found them to be suitable for being recommended to NPCIL.
“Landowners of Balsamand village, through their panchayat, submitted a memorandum to the Haryana chief minister in April expressing their willingness to sell around 18,000 acres for the purpose of setting up a power project,” the spokesperson said.
He further said, “Considering the deficit power scenario in the years to come, the Haryana government had approved the proposal for setting up a second nuclear power plant in the state in March.”
In April, a team of senior NPCIL officers from Mumbai had visited Panchkula to launch an awareness drive to highlight the benefits and safety aspects of nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.