Indo-US deal would fulfil energy requirements: Minister

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Hyderabad, Nov 3 (UNI) Stressing the need for the induction of nuclear energy programme to increase power generation in the country, Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal today said the 'Indo- US Nuke deal' would enable the country to meet its energy requirements.

Delivering the tenth 'Justice K Madhava Reddy Memorial Lecture' on 'Indo-American Nuclear Agreement-An insight', organised by the Madhava Reddy Foundation here, Mr Sibal said ''we need 448 million MW power by 2020 and 800 million MW by 2030. It is impossible to meet the energy requirements with the present thermal and hydal power generation.'' Stating that the gap between demand and supply power was widening every year, he said the country had to confront many things to increase the production. ''What is good for the nation should be done immediately, no matter what the consequences are,'' Mr Sibal added.

Pointing out that the deal would allow the country to recycle spent fuel as China was not allowed to do it, he said India should not give up its weapons programme, as apprehensions arose in the wake of the deal.

The Minister said, at present, 4,000 MW of nuclear power was generated and it should be increased to one lakh MW by 2020 to cater to the needs of the country.

He said India, as per the deal, need not sign the NPT and could bring all nuclear reactors under its safeguard. Besides, the deal would allow import of light-water reactors from other countries, he added.

UNI

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