Pvt sector participation in nuclear power in phased manner

Private sector participation in building India’s nuclear power will be in a phased manner. The necessary legal amendments to facilitate this would be in place soon, according to Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission.

The role of private sector will be greatly enhanced once the international co-operation agreements on civil nuclear power are in place. At present, it is a question of preparing the industry to take up various activities in the nuclear energy programme, he told newspersons here on Friday.

Asked if private sector would be allowed into the exploration and mining of uranium, which is required in huge quantity to fuel the ambitious power programme, Dr Kakodkar said the Uranium Corporation of India Ltd, has started involving the private companies on an outsourced model. Recently, a new mine in Jharkand area was opened up in this fashion, he added.

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