Vastavam web: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu Thursday said nuclear electricity could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and has the potential to meet the increasing energy demand in the country. Addressing scientists and staff of Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) here on the occasion of 70 years of exploration and research by the organisation, he said climate change was one of the foremost environmental concerns today.
Stating that the need of the hour was to ensure modern technologies were safer and reliable, he said nuclear power was one of the reliable and safe energy options and commended India’s record of operating its nuclear fleet for over 40 years without any serious incident. “Nuclear electricity is generated through very low carbon emitting technologies and can significantly reduce emission of greenhouse gases,” he added.
Appreciating the efforts of AMD in adopting state-of-the-art exploration techniques in search of different strategic minerals, the Vice President said it was heartening to know about the availability of more than three lakh tonnes of uranium oxide reserves and around 1,200 million tonnes of beach sand mineral resources in the country.
He also expressed confidence that exploration efforts of AMD in different parts of the country, including Cuddapah Basin would lead to more uranium mines. “I am also informed that to cater to the needs of the Rare Metals in Nuclear Power Programme of India and to meet the growing requirement of Rare Earth Elements (REE), AMD is carrying out exploitation of rare metals like Niobium, Tantalum, Lithium and Beryllium and exploration for rare earth resources, based on indigenous technology and expertise,” he said.