Jan 13, 2014, 11:45 PM
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Indian PM pitches for greater use of “clean” Nuclear power

New Delhi, Jan 13, IRNA -- Pitching for greater use of 'clean' and 'dependable' nuclear power, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday made it clear that India will need large amount of energy to maintain the tempo of growth which averaged 7.9 percent during the last 10 years despite two bouts of global recession.

Laying the foundation stone for a 2,800 MW nuclear power plant in Gorakhpur in Haryana state, he said the country will have to use all sorts of energy sources while keeping pollution under curbs so that environment is not affected.



The Rs 23,502 crore project under the Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna will have four units, each of 700MW. In the first phase, 1400MW units will be completed by 2020-21, he said.



Singh said that power generation had increased manifold in the last 10 years, and added that the country now has an installed capacity of 4,800MW of nuclear power.



He said that the aim was to generate more than 27,000MW of nuclear power in the next 10 years, he said.



'The average growth during the UPA tenure has been 7.9 percent. We could sustain high growth despite two bouts of global recession. However, we can maintain this tempo of growth only when we are able supply energy particularly power to industries, households and agricultural fields,' he said while addressing a gathering after the laying the foundation stone.



Observing that 'a long way has to be covered to meet our growing power demands', Singh said 'We have to utilize all available energy sources, including hydro, thermal, gas, wind, solar and nuclear power.'



He said India will need more international cooperation in coping with its energy requirements.



He underlined that while utilising sources of energy, it has to be ensured that environment is not harmed.



In this context, he pitched for greater use of nuclear power.



'Nuclear energy is a clean, dependable option which has very less affect on environment,' he said.



He sought to allay security concerns over nuclear projects, saying best safety measures are being adopted for these projects.



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