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Four India-designed 700 MW reactors being built at brisk pace

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Chennai: Construction of four India designed 700 MW pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR) are progressing at a quick pace and the first one is expected to go on stream end 2016 or early 2017, said senior officials of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).

The NPCIL is building two 700 MW atomic power plants each at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) in Gujarat and Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS).

For NPCIL that has been building 220 MW and 540 MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs), it is a major jump to go in for 700 MW PHWRs.

“It is the first of its kind reactor in the country,” Lokesh Kumar, project director for the third and fourth units at KAPS told IANS over phone from Kakrapar in Gujarat on Monday.

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), the sectoral regulator, is carefully poring over the reports submitted by the units before according its sanction.

NPCIL has two units of 220 MW each at KAPS which are operating successfully.

It is the third unit at KAPS with a capacity of 700 MW that is expected to go operational first out of the four under construction.

“We are the torch bearers for this kind of reactor in the country now. Once the first unit goes on stream, it will be easy for other three,” Kumar said.

Queried about the project status, he said: “We are in a crucial stage. The construction work is at its peak. We have energised the start-up transformer. The power system is ready for the unit that would go on stream.”

According to him, work on commissioning of the other systems have begun while the civil construction work is nearing completion.

“This week we will start the installation of the reactor coolant channel. The coolant channel installation work will be over in two months time. Nuclear piping work has begun in the two units,” Kumar said.

He said stator installation work on the turbine will begin this week.

“We plan to start unit 3 by the end of 2016 or early 2017. Then commissioning of unit 4 would happen,” Kumar said.

Concrete was first poured in November 2010 for the 3rd unit at KAPS and in March 2011 for the fourth unit.

Though the first unit was expected to go on stream in 2015, owing to erratic supply of components the progress of work got delayed, Kumar said.

As to the percentage of physical progress, Kumar said the third unit is 75 percent complete and the fourth unit is 65 percent.

“The overall project cost for the two units is around Rs.11,459 crore. The project would be completed within the budget. There will be no cost escalation,” he added.

At RAPS where the other two 700 MW reactors are built at an outlay of Rs.12,300 crore, the preparatory work to install the coolant channels are on for the seventh unit under construction.

“Welding of end shield and calandria is over. Preparation work for core components – coolant channels – has started. It will take six months to complete,” B.C. Pathak, project director for 7th and 8th units at RAPS, told IANS.

He said the seventh unit was expected to go on stream sometime in 2017-18 and almost 57 percent of the physical work had been completed.

The NPCIL already has six units at RAPS, with a total capacity of 1,180 MW (4×220 MW and one each of 100 MW and 200 MW).

Ruling out any cost escalation, Pathak added: “We expect to complete the project within the budget. The softening of steel prices has resulted in lower escalation in costs.”

As for the eighth unit, the overall physical progress was around 40 percent.

“All the tenders have been finalised and contracts issued. There is no major tender that needs to be processed,” he added.

The senior NPCIL official said both the upcoming units will share many common facilities like the switchyard, control building and others.

The other first of its kind reactor in India located at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu is expected to restart power generation on October 30.

The unit has been jumping restart deadlines.

The first 1,000 MW unit at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) was shut down this June for annual maintenance.

The unit was connected to the southern grid in December 2014. The unit was operating at 60 percent capacity for some time before it was shut down for annual maintenance.

At the time of its shut down in June, NPCIL said the unit will restart after 60 days post annual maintenance and refuelling.

The NPCIL is setting up two units at KNPP with Russian equipment. The second unit on which work has been completed to the extent of 98.50 percent is expected to start the fission process in December 2015.

(Venkatachari Jagannathan, IANS)

 

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Hello Foodies ! You Can Spot These 8 Street Foods at Every Nook and Corner in India

Here is a list of delicious street food items, now available everywhere in India

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Delicious Street Food in India. Wikimedia

Sep 02, 2017: Street foods in India is the new trend amongst foodies these days and are indeed delectable to savor. Previously, it was known that street food confined to a particular region. However, nowadays, a south Indian food can be found even in the north of the country and here is why you don’t need to go all the way to Assam to eat momos.

Many street food items have become quite popular throughout. Let’s have a look at these street food items.

Here is a list of delicious street food items, now available everywhere:

Vada Pao

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Vada Pao in Delhi. Wikimedia

Vada Pao is the Indian style burger, quite famous in Maharastra. Fried potato dumplings are stuffed inside pao and are coupled with green chili and spicy chutney that add flavor to this Maharashtrian dish.

Chaat

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Papri Chaat. Wikimedia

The sweet, tangy, and spicy taste of Aloo tikki, Gol Gappa, bhelpuri, Sevpuri, will tempt you. This is a mouth-watering street food from Uttar Pradesh. It adds extra taste to your buds when garnished with curd and chutney.

Momos

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Cabbage Momos. Wikimedia

The white colored steamed snack of North East is getting popular amongst Indians these days. It makes an awesome combo when served with spicy red chutney and hot momos.

Also Read: “Regionality is What Sets Indian Food Apart” from the Cuisines Across the World, says MasterChef Australia Judge Gary Mehigan 

Poha Jalebi

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Poha the staple breakfast of India, with Jalebi. Wikimedia

Sweet jalebis served with salty poha is a trademark street food of Madhya Pradesh. Now the combination is a hit amongst people of the country.

Idli Sambhar

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Idli-Sambhar-Coconut chutney. Wikimedia

Idli Sambhar is the most popular street food of Tamil Nadu in India. It is a delicious combo of idli, sambhar and coconut chutney.

Chole Bhatura

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Chole bhature. Wikimedia

Chole Bhature, a favorite dish of every Indian is chiefly a treat of Punjab.  It is served with green chilies, onions, and chutney.

Dhokla

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Gujarati Dhokla (Khaman Dhokla). Wikimedia

The sweet-sour Dhoklas are a specialty of Gujarat state. It is a famous street food baked from the fermented batter of gram flour. This treat is also served with chutney and green chilies.

Pyaz ki Kachori

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Rajasthani Pyaz ki Kachori. Wikimedia

Pyaz ki Kachori was originated in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. The dish is now relished all over India. These crispy and flaky kachoris with onion masala, garnished with sweet tamarind chutney will throb your heart.


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India Has the World’s Largest Ship Graveyard in Gujarat

From being the focal point of the world where ships were to be sent, Alang is left behind with scarcely any work

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Ship Graveyard. Wikimedia

July 24, 2017: Ships have a life. Does it sound peculiar to you? After you get down from the wonderful journey you probably never think about the ship again, however, ships also have an existence cycle, similarly as we do. Alang in Gujarat has the biggest ship graveyard on the planet where voluminous tankers and luxury ships are rejected on the Alang shore front. Here, things are distinctive and it notices a greater amount of old things than newly composed ones.

A Ship graveyard is a place where ships are sent to be decomposed.

 

Ship graveyards are the ones that are made particularly for decomposition of the ship. Alang has a 10 km long coastline where ship breaking is done. The First ship was brought here in 1983 and from that point onwards 6,900 ships have been disassembled there.

Despite the fact that 60% of the world’s aggregate ship breaking is done in Alang, the place has seen lots of ups and down. From being the focal point of the world where ships were to be sent, it is left behind now with scarcely any work.

This recycling industry is valued at 6,000 crores. In the year 2010-2011, they had utilized 20,000 laborers and generated more than a lakh employments. The ships that once rode the high oceans ended up on the shores of Alang. With the passage of time, the oil-drenched shoreline looks infertile, with just a couple of ships dotting the skyline, their rusted anchors, and chains is an evidence of a shoreline that once cut down hulks.

Ships that once carried many vacationers to exquisite areas and carried voyages to far-flung ports are among the vessels from all the world that have wound up on Alang’s shores post the termination of working lives. They are scrapped for their steel which can be sold for use in development.

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Alang’s shoreline as a ship breaking yard benefitted from this labor-intensive exercise of crushing these vessels. Such work can be carried out in nations with cheap labor and lesser restrictions in terms of dealing with hazardous substances, for example, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Japan and the Gujarat government have held hands to redesign the current Alang ship breaking yard. This is a part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, a venture between the Japanese and Gujarat government. The venture’s point is to make this shipyard the biggest International Maritime Organization-compliant recycling shipyard in the world.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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These 4 Lesser Known Resorts in India are Perfect for a Vacation!

If you have chosen India to explore on this vacation, there are different yet awesome resorts for a different experience

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There are many unexplored destinations and resorts in India for a unique vacation. Wikimedia

July 23, 2017: India is a large country with unexplored places and destinations. While a great vacation means getting out of the country to explore abroad, there are definitely some great spots for your domestic vacation as well.

Here is a list of some lesser known resorts that are surely as good as a mainstream vacation scene.

1. Igloo, Manali:

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The Igloo resort made in Kullu valley is an awesome experience to live in the cold weather. Wikimedia

Manali, in Himachal Pradesh, is a paradise in itself. It is a beautiful spot for explorers not only from the country but outside. Being at a good enough height, the chills are only natural for travelers. In the Kullu Valley, a resort in the form of an igloo can be experienced. Brought to you by Vikas Kumar and Tashi Dorje, this experience is a must have.

2. Cave Resort, Bangalore:

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Guhantara resort, Bengaluru, is the first Cave themed resort in India. Wikimedia

The Guhantara resort is India’s first cave themed resort. The resort offers an underground leisure. There is also a special tunnel trekking. The serenity of the place has been a word of mouth advertisement. Another great thing about the resort is the lightings, which gives the place a surreal feeling.

3. The Treehouse Resort, Jaipur:

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The treehouse resorts in Jaipur provide a peaceful and close to nature experience. Wikimedia

Jaipur’s Treehouse Resort is a peaceful destination. The visitors have a genuine close to nature experience. At the same time, the resort provides all leisure activities.

ALSO READ: These 6 Untouched and Unexplored Indian Villages Will Make Your Vacation Memorable!

4. Shaam-e-Sarhad, Gujarat:

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Shaam-e-Sarhad is a village Resort, an initiative of Government of India and UNDP. Wikimedia

The Shaam-e-Sarhad is a Village Resort. It was established as a combined initiative of United Nations Development Program and the Government of India to promote rural tourism. The resort provides mud houses and eco tents for the visitors. The tour to Rann of Kachh from the resort is a notable mention.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

2 responses to “These 4 Lesser Known Resorts in India are Perfect for a Vacation!”

  1. The list of the resorts you have mentioned for spending vacations is amazing. As you mentioned about Manali, the resorts in form of an igloo can be experienced. I can also suggest you Sirmour Retreat- one of the best hotels in Nahan, Himachal Pradesh which provides delicious mouth watering food and also have a great bar with movie theater, garden gym, pool table, chess, caroms etc.

  2. Thank you for this post. The pictures you provided in your article are beautiful. Our country is one of the best tourist destinations and has beautiful hill stations like Shimla, Manali, Nahan, etc. Manali is one of my favourite destinations. I am from Delhi and last month I went for a Shimla trip with my friends and we took a 1 day stop at Nahan, a beautiful hill station close to Shimla. The Sirmour Retreat is the resort where I stayed in Nahan; I will recommend it to everyone.