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Nuclear power plant will be a big boon for Rajasthan

Rajasthan has been assured by the Centre of allocation of 50 per cent of the electricity generated by the proposed nuclear power plant in Banswara. A letter from the Prime Minister's Office to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot informed that as per the amended guidelines the home State would be allocated 50 per cent of the power generated from the new power projects set up by Nuclear Energy Corporation of India.

During a review meeting here on the current energy scenario in the State, Mr. Gehlot said he had been corresponding with the Centre about the establishment of the indigenous 700-MW pressurized heavy water reactors in Banswara and allocation of 50 per cent of the power generated there for Rajasthan.

A recent letter from the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office had informed him that the Centre was considering according “in principle” approval for the site recommended by the Site Selection Committee at Mahi in Banswara.

Mr. Gehlot has thanked the Centre for the promise of 50 per cent power from the proposed plant. The State Government would provide full support for land acquisition and development of the required infrastructure for the plant, he said. He has also written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh thanking him for the gesture.

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