The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has taken a bold step towards a greener future, setting an ambitious goal of generating 22,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear power by the fiscal year 2031-32. This significant move underlines India’s commitment to self-reliance in clean and sustainable energy sources.
“This initiative is not just about meeting our energy needs, but also about strengthening our nation’s energy independence and securing a cleaner future for generations to come,” declared Bhuvan Chand Pathak, NPCIL Chairman and Managing Director, at the inaugural ceremony of the 32nd National Laser Symposium at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT).
The four-day symposium serves as a vital platform for fostering dialogue and collaboration on advancements in nuclear technology.
NPCIL’s strategic plan to achieve its ambitious target hinges on consistently commissioning more than one nuclear power plant per year. Pathak further highlighted the organization’s unwavering dedication to India’s energy self-sufficiency, stating, “Currently, 23 nuclear reactors contribute 7,000 MW of electricity to the national grid. Moreover, 19 new plants are at various stages of development and are expected to be operational by 2026-27.”
This announcement signifies a renewed focus on nuclear energy in India’s energy landscape. With its minimal carbon footprint and reliable power generation, nuclear power offers a promising solution to address the twin challenges of energy security and climate change. NPCIL’s ambitious target not only underscores India’s growing commitment to clean energy but also positions the nation as a leader in nuclear technology.