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‘India cannot ignore nuclear energy’

India cannot afford to ignore nuclear energy, said Vaclav Bartuska, ambassador-at-large for energy security, Czech Republic, on Wednesday. Speaking at the Indian Merchants’ Chamber on ‘Energy Security: Lesson from Japan Earthquake’ on Wednesday, Bartuska said that fundamentally nothing will change in India’s nuclear policy.

mumbai Updated: Apr 07, 2011 01:34 IST
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India cannot afford to ignore nuclear energy, said Vaclav Bartuska, ambassador-at-large for energy security, Czech Republic, on Wednesday. Speaking at the Indian Merchants’ Chamber on ‘Energy Security: Lesson from Japan Earthquake’ on Wednesday, Bartuska said that fundamentally nothing will change in India’s nuclear policy.

“India needs to build thousands of megawatts to develop and grow and the government has an important task, similar to the situation in China or Brazil,” said Bartuska.

At present, 30% power in Czech Republic is derived from nuclear energy. “Europe can afford to procrastinate for a few years. India has more pressing issues and therefore regardless will go ahead with the nuclear programme,” he added. On the issue of safety of nuclear plants, Bartuska said there is no 100% safety anywhere. “We accept some technology without reservations. But not nuclear power.”

With more than 50% of the Indian population living without electricity, Bartuska said India has two options to choose from — buy fuel from politically unstable countries or produce energy on domestic soil. Even as former Union power minister Suresh Prabhu emphasised the need for India to also explore solar energy, Bartuska said a back up for solar and wind power would anyways be needed.