The Centre is planning to increase the generation of atomic energy, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, DoPT Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said that the share of nuclear power in total electricity generation is planned to be progressively increased by the addition of atomic power capacity for which a large expansion programme based on both indigenous technologies and with foreign technical cooperation is planned.
The share of nuclear power was about 3.2% in India in 2016-17 up to February. During this period, about 34136 Million Units (MUs) of electricity was produced from Nuclear Power Plants out of a total of about 1052160 MUs produced in India.
The Government has taken several enabling steps which include according of “in principle” approval of sites for locating future nuclear reactors based both on indigenous technologies and with foreign technical cooperation; entering into enabling agreements with foreign countries for nuclear cooperation including supply of fuel; amendment of the Atomic Energy Act to enable Joint Ventures of Public Sector Companies to set up nuclear power projects and creation of India Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) for resolving issues arising out of Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (CLND) Act, 2010.