•INDIA’ S ATOMIC ENERGY PROGRAMME NEEDS A BOOST AND SUBSIDY SIMILAR TO SOLAR POWER PLNTS SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO NUCLEAR SECTOR – ANIL KAKODKAR
•Eminent nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar has expressed confidence that India will give necessary boost to the national atomic energy programme in the near future.
Mumbai, February 22, 2018 (GPN) : A developing country India needs a combination of Atomic and solar power energy to meet the future growing needs including the coming flux of e vehicles in the near future .
Advocating the use of atomic energy, Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission while inaugurating a Three day Oil and Gas World Expo 2018 said “If we utilise atomic energy in a proper way, we can save on the expenses incurred for importing fuel. Indian government has already given necessary boost to the national atomic energy programme in the near future. However, India’s pace in this direction (atomic energy programme) needs to be boosted further,”
“ The nuclear energy also needs to be given subsidies as being provided to solar power sector, this will allow more companies to come forward and set up the nuclear power plants or complete the existing sanctioned units” Mr Kakokadar said.
He expressed concern at delay going on various atomic power plants in the country and urged the government to solve the issues causing delay. Fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil) are the main energy source in India but it will become insignificant.
Dr Kakodkar’s main contention was that if coal, gas, oil, hydrocarbon, solar and other alternative energy sources are exploited together India will still be short of energy.
It is the challenge for Indian planners to manage the gap. The gap could be up to extent of 400 gigawatts by 2050. He said nuclear energy will contribute more to the grand total once investments are made. Since nuclear energy is free of green house gas emissions it is preferred and America, Sweden and many other countries are reviewing their policy regarding nuclear energy.
Mr Yatinder Pal Singh Suri , Managing Director , Outokumpu India speaking on the occasion stressed on the need of India having sustainable infrastructure with use of sustainable innovative materials including stainless steel , As a sustainable, durable, low-maintenance material, Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and there is no limit to how much recycled scrap can be used to produce new stainless steel.” Said Mr Suri.ENDS