India to add 4000 MW to nuclear-power by 2008
NEW DELHI, Feb. 16 (Xinhuanet)
- India's nuclear power program, which has lagged way
behind its intended target, will add 4,000 mega-watts by
early 2008, taking the total nuclear power generation to
Atomic Energy Commission chairman Dr Anil Kakodkar said
Sunday that eight nuclear power reactors, six pressurized
heavy water reactors and two light water reactors are
under simultaneous construction at present and will step
up the nuclear power generation by 4,000 mega-watts.
He made these marks while delivering the "Swatantraveer
Savarkar Memorial Lecture" organized at the behest
of the University of Pune's Department of Defense and
Strategic Studies in south India, according to the Press
Trust of India.
While acknowledging that nuclear power generation in the
country has suffered, Dr Kakodkar, however, expressed
confidence that 10,000 mega-watts of nuclear power
generation would be attained by the year 2010 and this
would be stepped up to 20,000 mega-watts by the year 2020.
Notwithstanding the opposition to nuclear power
generation, Dr Kakodkar emphasized that this was not only
the best option, but anunavoidable option if the country
was to become self-reliant in energy requirements.
Dr Kakodkar sought to convey that the environmental
concerns associated with nuclear power reactors were
The carbon dioxide emission from nuclear reactors is less
than even solar and wind generation facilities, he said.