The demand for electricity is rising in the country with the increase in population. Supplying adequate electricity to the people is a big challenge to the Central and State Governments. Efforts need to be made to identify other sources of energy to meet this demand.
This was stated by Sandeep Pal, at a programme at Govt PG College Dhar to create awareness about nuclear energy for students of the Best Coaching Classes. The programme was organised with the support of Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIl), a Government of India enterprise.
Pal said that electricity was essential for daily life of the people and also for strengthening the economy. Nuclear energy was a clean and efficient source to produce electricity. There was a need to promote nuclear energy and many countries were using it to their advantage. He said that at present 22 nuclear power reactors are in operation in India with an installed capacity of 6780 MW. It is expected that this installed capacity would increase to 13000 MW by 2024. This will go a long way in meeting the demand for electricity in the country.
Pal told students that there was no need to fear radiation as it was used it many areas such as medical treatment of diseases like cancer, preservation of agricultural produce etc.
Copies of the comics ‘Ek Tha Budhiya’ were provided free to the students. The comic is conceptualised by Mr Amritesh Srivastava of the NPCIl and tells the story of the transformation of a village after setting up of a power plant. Support was provided for the programme by the Saathi Human Welfare Society, associated with Vigyan Prasar.
lakhan Rathore, manager of the Best Coaching Classes, said that it was important for the next generation to understand the importance of energy and its preservation.