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Nagasaki bombing: World pushes for safe nuclear energy to improve life

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Nagasaki bombing: World pushes for safe nuclear energy to improve life

Friday, 09 August 2019 | RADHIKA NAGRATH | Haridwar

Ever since the cataclysmic effects of nuclear bombing on two black days of history August 6 and 9 in 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there has been a global push against nuclear weapons and the call by United Nations to let Nagasaki be the last city of to suffer nuclear devastation.

Countries across the world are now looking towards more and more positive use of nuclear energy enhancing the quality of life of the common man.

Numerous positive uses of nuclear power exist be it medicine especially in treatment of diseases like cancer, crop variety improvement or increasing shelf life of food and fruits while exporting to other countries and electrification.

The moment one hears of atomic energy, the first thing which strikes a common man's mind is atomic bomb but few know that this nuclear energy is far more environment-friendly than many other sources of energy which are  polluting the environment.

In an exclusive chat with The Pioneer, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) associate director of corporate communication, AK Nema, said, "Nuclear power is one such energy which is clean, green and environmentally benign.

Probably it is associated in people's mind because of explosion of atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan on August 6 and 9 where the whole scare started, otherwise it is one source which is very competitive to any other source of energy with no carbon emissions, a global concern today."

Notably pilot of the aircraft which dropped the bombs on the twin cities also exclaimed thereafter that had he known such devastating effects on humanity, he would have never done that.

Deliberating on positive use of nuclear energy in electrification and other non nuclear applications, the NPCIL official further added that nuclear energy is complement to the total energy basket mix and by 2021 India would be having 40 per cent of electrical energy coming from non fossil fuel sources. This was committed by India in the international Paris Convention of nuclear powers COP - 21 in the year 2015.

 Presently the precentage nuclear share of energy is very less. To achieve the goal of providing sustainable energy to the nation at present the installed capacity is 6780 mega watts and nuclear reactors of 6200 mega watts capacity are under construction.

Recently 10 reactors of 700 mega watts capacity each was sanctioned by Government  making it a total of  22480 mega watts power generation by year 2031.

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