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India's nuclear capacity could jump threefold by 2023-24: Modi

July 22, 2014 12:14 IST

Adnan Abidi/ReutersDuring his four-hour visit to BARC, Modi praised the contribution of nuclear scientists in the successful implementation of India’s three-stage nuclear programme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the department of atomic energy (DAE) should strive to meet the target of increasing nuclear capacity threefold from the present level of 5,780 Mw by 2023-24, within the projected cost.

“India’s self-reliance in the nuclear fuel cycle and the commercial success of the indigenous reactors demonstrated that with vision, resolve and hard work and India could be a front-ranking country in the most challenging fields,” Modi said.

During his four-hour visit to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Trombay, Modi praised the contribution of nuclear scientists in the successful implementation of India’s three-stage nuclear programme.

He underlined the importance of ensuring that nuclear energy remained commercially viable and competitive with other sources of clean energy in the long run. He also asked DAE to continually upgrade technology, both with regard to the country’s long-term plans and international trends. He said the DAE should plan for ensuring adequate availability of skilled human resources in the country.

Modi welcomed India’s growing international partnership in nuclear energy and hoped the ongoing projects would be implemented in a timely manner so that they meet the requirements of techno-economic viability and safety standards. Technology transfer to India, he observed, is a vital element of his vision for international partnership in India.

The prime minister told DAE that nuclear safety and security are of the highest priority for him and asked the department to ensure that India's standards and practices are the most advanced in the world. He also asked the DAE to pay special attention to the local communities in planning and implementing nuclear power projects.

Sanjay Jog in Mumbai
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