According to reports, solar and wind power generation in the country would take a decade to reach a level of maturity. “As far as nuclear energy is concerned whose share in country’s total electricity generation today is just 3.1 per cent, we are at a stage to produce 63,000 MW of energy by 2032 from the present 5,000 MW,” said former director (technical), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited’s (NPCIL), SA Bhardwaj here on Sunday.
However, a fear factor that is associated with nuclear energy ever since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan would always remain. Of the NPCIL’s 20 operational plants in the country, the possibility of radiation affecting human beings is zero. “There are enough safety parameters and hence there is no chance of Fukushima Daiichi disaster happening here. Accidents can occur, but we have the capacity to check their effects. If there is any source that can answer country’s energy security concerns, then it is nuclear energy,” he said at a seminar “Nuclear Energy and India’s Energy Security”.
The seminar was a part of the two-day power conclave organized by South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SGat Sarsana Convention Centre. Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited (DGVCL) managing director HS Patel was the chief guest. NPCIL Kakarapar director LK Jain and NPCIL director (Operations) G Nageswar Rao were among those who attended the seminar.