SME Times News Bureau | 16 May, 2019
President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that nuclear electricity could
significantly reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and has the potential to meet
increasing energy demand in the country.
Scientists and the Staff of Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research
(AMD), in Hyderabad, on the occasion of 70 years of exploration and research by
the organization, he pointed out that climate change was one of the foremost
environmental concerns today.
that the need of the hour was to ensure that modern technologies were safer and
reliable, the Vice President observed that nuclear power was one of the
reliable and safe energy options and commended India’s record of operating our
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 atom could be harnessed to help the country to achieve human and societal
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.
efforts of AMD in adopting state-of-the-art exploration techniques in search of
different strategic minerals, the Vice President said it was heartening to know
about the availability of more than 3 lakh tonnes of uranium oxide reserves and
around 1200 million tonnes of Beach sand Mineral resources in our country.
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.
favourable geological domains spread across length and breadth of the country
which can host potential Uranium, Rare Metals and REE deposits, the Vice
President said it would be possible to achieve self-sufficiency in atomic
mineral resources for sustainable growth of our Nuclear Power Programme.
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.