Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday stressed the need for more power generation and said the Centre aims at generating more than 27,000 MW nuclear power in the coming 10 years.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership and National Cancer Institute in Jasaur Kheri village, Haryana.
Describing nuclear energy as the reliable source of power generation, Singh said the country had achieved the capability of making nuclear fuel among the nations, which had developed the technology to set up nuclear power plants.
“It is mandatory to ensure safety of material used for nuclear fuel, so that the same could not be used by anti-social elements,” he said.
He also expressed satisfaction over the safety measures adopted by the country.
“After the 2011 Fukushima incident in Japan, we have adopted new safety measures in design and management of power plants. Our safety measures can be matched with the rest of the world and efforts in this direction will be continued,” he said.
The Centre for Nuclear Energy not only organise seminars and workshops of national and international experts but also brought Indian and foreign scientists on a single platform through research and training programmes, he said.
“Similarly, the organisation will promote global nuclear energy partnership. We will jointly work with international atomic energy agencies and countries such as Russia, France and America so as to achieve desired results,” the Prime Minister added. The upcoming national cancer institute, to be set up at AIIMS campus in Badsha village in Jhajjar, would be the lone mega health project of the country. It will be developed at a cost of around `2,000 crore in more than three years and will have 710 beds, 550 doctors and 2,200 nurses. “The people of the area will be directly benefited by the project as they would get annual royalty for 33 years apart from compensation for their land,” the Prime Minister said.
The projects worth `10-crore, including a girls’ college, a school for the differently-abled children, development of Bhindwas Bird Sanctuary, healthcare facilities, project to purify saline water and computer training, would be carried out for the local residents, he said.