Nuclear power is safe and can meet increasing energy demand: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on May 16, 2019 Published on May 16, 2019

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu attends an event at the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, in Hyderabad, Thursday, May 16, 2019.   -  PTI

Reducing pollution is a major challenge, says Naidu.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that nuclear electricity could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and has the potential to meet the increasing energy demand in the country.

During his visit to the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) in Hyderabad today, he said that climate change was one of the foremost environmental concerns of the day.

His visit to AMD coincided with 70 years of exploration and research by the organisation.

The power of an atom

Addressing scientists, the Vice President said that nuclear power was a reliable and safe energy option and commended India’s record of operating its nuclear fleet for over 40 years without any serious incident.

Naidu said India’s abiding interest in nuclear energy grew out of a deep conviction that the power of an atom could be harnessed to help the country to achieve human and societal development.

He said that India has consciously made a strategic choice to pursue a low-carbon growth model in the coming decades, and added that reducing pollution was a major challenge.

Appreciating the efforts of AMD in adopting state-of-the-art exploration techniques in search of different strategic minerals, the Vice President said that it was heartening to know about the availability of more than 3 lakh tonnes of uranium oxide reserves and around 1,200 million tonnes of beach sand mineral resources in our country.

“More significantly, the quantum leap in uranium resource augmentation by AMD from around 1 lakh tonnes during first 60 years of activities and a subsequent addition of around 2 lakh tonnes in the next 10 years is really commendable,” he added.

Naidu also expressed confidence that exploration efforts of AMD in different parts of the country, including Cuddapah basin would lead to more uranium mines.

Achieving self-sufficiency

With several favourable geological domains spread across length and breadth of the country which can host potential uranium, rare metals and other deposits, the Vice President said it would be possible to achieve self-sufficiency in atomic mineral resources for sustainable growth of the country’s nuclear power programme.

Considering the steep demand for power in the country, the role of nuclear energy in future would be quite significant. “We need to develop new and more efficient technologies to utilise our resources to the maximum,” he added.

The Vice President also unveiled a plaque on ‘Cuddapah Monolith’ to commemorate 70 years of exploration and research by AMD.

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Published on May 16, 2019
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