N-power must to meet country’s need: PM

ManmohanManmohan said best security practices should be adopted to ensure nuclear material does not fall into wrong hands. (IE Photo: Anil Sharma)

To meet its future power demand, India aims to produce more than 27,000 MW of nuclear power in the next 10 years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Friday while laying the foundation stone for the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership in Jasaur Kheri in Haryana's Jhajjar district. A National Cancer Institute will also come up in the AIIMS campus here.

Singh, who called nuclear power "safe, clean and dependable", said that a big challenge will be to secure the material used for making nuclear fuel so that it does not fall into the wrong hands.

"Besides developing technology to produce nuclear power, it is also important that the material used to make nuclear fuel is secure and does not fall into wrong hands such as terrorists and criminals. It is important for our nuclear power plants to adopt the best security practices," Singh said.

The PM said that after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, India has adopted new ways to ensure security of design and management of its power plants. "Today we can say with complete satisfaction that our safety standards can be compared with the best in the world," Singh said, adding that they would strengthen the security of nuclear power plants and nuclear material to implement the energy policy with more self-confidence. "In this regard, the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership will play an important role."

"With growth in population and urbanisation, the demand for power will rise. To ensure economic development, we will have to increase power generation. This is important to supply power for industrial, agricultural growth and the domestic sector," he said.

Singh added that the centre would help bring scientists from different countries together. "To fulfill this, we will work with the International Atomic Energy Agency and countries like Russia, France and USA," he said.

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