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India commenced its nuclear power programme as early as 1969 with the construction of a 150 MW plant at Tarapur with Russian assistance. Subsequently, several relatively small plants in the range 170 – 220 MW of capacity were built, some with Canadian assistance. The first large plant of capacity 490 MW was commissioned in 2005 at Tarapur, the same location as the first plant. According to the reports of Nuclear Power Corporation of India, India’s current electricity generation capacity from nuclear energy is about 4,100 MW coming from 19 plants, which is nearly 3 % of India’s total generation capacity. One of these plants has been built near the coast at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, about 80 km south of Chennai.
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