Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that nuclear power is a clean, cost-effective and commercially viable energy resource, which a developing country like India, should make good use.
The Vice President said this while he was addressing the international conference on Recent Developments in Clean and Safe Nuclear Power Generation organised as part of the centenary celebrations of the Institution of Engineers (India) in Hyderabad on October 3, 2018.
The Vice President said that the country is witnessing an increasing demand for energy and the consumption is only bound to go up further by 4.2 percent per annum.
Rapid urbanization and industrialisation are among the factors that would push energy demand and consumption further, he added.
Keeping the consumption in mind, he said that increasing the share of nuclear energy in the overall energy mix of the country is essential to ensure sustainable development of the nation and also to achieve India’s international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Referring to the contributions of Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, he said that India has been pursuing a robust three stage nuclear power programme as formulated by the eminent scientist and said that India has made a remarkable progress in producing a clean, low cost nuclear energy.
The Vice President said that an independent regulatory authority like AERB is crucial for ensuring safety standards and said that having such regulatory organization enabled India achieve a wonderful safety record in its nuclear power programme.