Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said his government was committed to developing nuclear energy as part of a multi-pronged strategy for energy security as the country could not depend on just one or two sources to meet the growing demand for power.
"Our government is committed to further development of energy both as an environment friendly source of power and as a means of widening the energy basket available to us," he said, laying the foundation stone for the Rs 5,000 crore gas based power project at Bawana in New Delhi.
The plant is to be commissioned ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. India is trying to push through a civilian deal with the US that would give it access to American nuclear fuel and equipment, but the UPA's Left allies on the ground that it would compromise India's sovereignty are fiercely opposing the pact.
Currently, nuclear power accounts for just three per cent of India's installed power generation capacity, while over 60 per cent of it is being met by coal.
The Prime Minister said that while some sources of energy might be cheap today, the country needs to think for future generations. "Our energy needs are bound to grow. We will be failing in the duty to our nation and to posterity, if we do not look ahead and take steps for not just today and tomorrow but for future generations," he said.
Singh said the strategy for energy security was multi-pronged. "We don't have the luxury of depending upon only one or two sources," he said.