INDIA: Nuclear energy necessary for development of country. Manmohan Singh

INDIA: Nuclear energy necessary for development of country. Manmohan Singh
India's Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has stressed the need for the development of nuclear energy as it is the clean source of electricity.

He said that government is committed for further development of nuclear energy as it is environment-friendly source of power and as a means of widening the energy basket. Dr. Manmohan Singh was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of 1500 megawatt gas power project at Bavana in the capital.

He said this project with an investment of over 4000 crore rupees will bridge a major gap in the Delhi's electricity requirements and will also meet the requirement of Commonwealth games in 2010.

He said that government will make Delhi a humane, a green and clean city and a city of joy and hope for millions which the entire nation can be proud of. The Prime Minister emphasised the need to further development of nuclear energy potential.

The prime minister said, "our economy is growing at 8 to 9 per cent per annum with the growing urbanization and raising prosperity, the demand for electricity is outpacing existing sources of supply." He said to meet the challenge of growing electricity demand, government has taken many steps to increase coal production and are also trying to develop hydro-electricity. He appealed to the young people to start new campaign for conservation of energy and exercise restraint in the use of electricity.

Speaking on the occasion Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that the government will provide electricity to every house hold upto 2012. He said in the 11th plan government has targeted to produce eighty thousand megawatt power in the country. Shinde said government will provide uninterrupted power supply to the capital during the forthcoming commonwealth games.

The Delhi Chief Minister Mrs. Shiela Dixit said that Delhi government has started many projects to meet the energy requirement of the capital. She said by 2010, Delhi will become self sufficient and will also supply electricity to other states. She thanked the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry for providing natural gas for Bawana project.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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