The Indian nuclear power generating capacity is expected to grow from the current 4,780MW to 10,080MW by 2017, says a government official.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office V Narayanasamy informed the Indian parliament on 27 February that the generating capacity will increase.

Narayanasamy said that the share of nuclear power generation in 2011 was 3% of the total electricity production in the country, reports IANS.

The 2017 target of power generation would be met with the completion of four nuclear projects, with a total 5,300MW capacity, being built in the nation, Narayanasamy noted.

India’s 12th Five Year Plan proposals envisaged start of work on 19 new nuclear power reactors, which will have a total of 17,400MW generating capacity.