Manmohan Singh pitches for nuclear power, says economic growth in India requires energy

PTI Posted online: Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 0000 hrs
Gorakhpur, Haryana : Pitching for greater use of "clean" and "dependable" nuclear power, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today made it clear that India will need large amount of energy to maintain the tempo of growth which averaged 7.9 per cent during the last 10 years despite two bouts of global recession.

Laying the foundation stone for a 2,800 MW nuclear power plant here, he said the country will have to use all sorts of energy sources while keeping pollution under curbs so that environment is not affected.

"The average growth during the UPA tenure has been 7.9 per cent. We could sustain high growth despite two bouts of global recession. However we can maintain this tempo of growth only when we are able supply energy particularly power to industries, households and agricultural fields," he said while addressing a gathering after the laying the foundation stone.

Observing that "a long way has to be covered to meet our growing power demands", Singh said "We have to utilize all available energy sources including hydro, thermal, gas, wind, solar and nuclear power."

He said India will need more international cooperation in coping with its energy requirements.

He underlined that while utilising sources of energy, it has to be ensured that environment is not harmed.

In this context, he pitched for greater use of nuclear power. "Nuclear energy is a clean, dependable option which has very less affect on environment," he said.

He sought to allay security concerns over nuclear projects, saying best safety measures are being adopted for these projects.