Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has granted permission for commencing the excavation for building two 700 MW atomic power plants at Kaiga generating station in Karwar district of Karnataka.
The consent for excavation for building units 5 and 6 at Kaiga marks the beginning of a new generation of indigenously developed 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR). The consent for site excavation of Kaigaunit 5 and 6 was granted by the AERB on March 31, 2022. The AERB had granted siting consent for the two nuclear power plants in November 2020. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), which is building the two plants, has completed bifurcation fencing separating units 5 and 6 from the existing four units of 220 MW each.