Kochi: The country’s nuclear power generation capacity is likely to go up by 200% by 2020, owing largely to the civil nuclear cooperation that is being entered to with various countries, according to a top official of the Department of Atomic Energy.
The Department had set a target of 20,000 MW power generation by 2020. But it was expected to touch 30,000-40,000 MW -- a 200% increase following the nuclear cooperation deals that India is signing with various countries which would help in international civil nuclear commerce, S K Malhotra, head, public awareness division, department of Atomic Energy, said.
Speaking at the ‘Swasraya Bharath-08´, National self-reliance week celebration which began here today, Malhotra said, “the nuclear deal is not for receiving technological help but for international civil nuclear commerce.”
Of the 17 nuclear power reactors in the country, 15 have been built by India. Though India is a world leader in thorium-based technology, the country unfortunately had a “meagre” source of uranium and there is need to “indulge” in commerce, he said.
The self-reliant programme of the Atomic Energy Commission will continue, he said adding “we will buy nuclear power after ensuring that it is the cheapest, safest and the best option.”