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Pvt sector should focus on manufacture nuclear equipment: Kakodkar

With FICCI batting for amendments to the Atomic Energy Act for allowing private sector to set up nuclear power plants in the country, atomic energy chief Anil Kakodkar has said the Indian industry should first concentrate on manufacturing of equipments to become a major nuclear-supply chain provider and later even exporter.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2009 17:25 IST

With FICCI batting for amendments to the Atomic Energy Act for allowing private sector to set up nuclear power plants in the country, atomic energy chief Anil Kakodkar has said the Indian industry should first concentrate on manufacturing of equipments to become a major nuclear-supply chain provider and later even exporter.

"Instead of jumping first for utilities (power plants), the new private entrants to the nuclear industry should grab the opportunity and maximise India's advantage in manufacturing of nuclear equipments and components," Kakodkar, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, told PTI while reacting to a report submitted by a FICCI working group on civil nuclear energy issues last week.

"This is not the time to look at the Atomic Energy Act (which is required mainly for Indian industries to take up utilities) but instead try and build up the supply chain and prepare for export to the neighbouring countries making India a nuclear hub of manufacturing and a supply chain," Kakodkar said.

He said he had told the chambers "that they have to correct their priorities and take up manufacturing of parts first and then export markets and later then after few years the utilities."