Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI) is a Government Company under the administrative control of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) incorporated on 22nd October
In India, though a power starved country, nuclear power generation is being resisted. Currently, nuclear power forms a distant 4th in terms of generation, after thermal, hydro-electric and renewable sources like solar and wind power. Though India started ambitiously in 2010 and announced 63000 MW, it has withered away its chances after Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
Many nuclear projects are facing hurdles -Jaitapur and Haripur with state government refusing permission and public interest litigation in courts.
Despite all these opposition, the nuclear power generation are making slow progress. Despite severe protests Kudankulam Nuclear power plant has gone operational in 2014. India is also making progress in field of thorium-based fuels. It is working to des
Government of India has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for construction of 12 nuclear power reactors in the country, These nuclear power plants will be of indigenous pressurized heavy water reactors with 700 MW each. Two of the nuclear projects will be light water reactors of 1000 MW each, which will be set up with Russian assistance. The PHWRs will be set up in fleet mode and the LWRs will be established in cooperation with the Russian Federation. Two PHWRs each will be set up in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Haryana, while four will be established in Rajasthan. Currently, the security aspects are being reviewed by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)
Department of Atomic Energy is planning to set up 2 x 600 MW prototype fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Currently, the department is constructing a 500 prototype fast breeder there which is likely to achieve commercial operation by end of October 2017. Once achieved, it will become the first reactor deployed for commercial use in the world.