Union government requests the state government to appoint a nodal officer to initiate talks with experts
The union government has initiated action on a proposal of setting up an atomic power project in the state, mooted by Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav. Applauding the initiative taken by the state government in increasing power generation, the government of India has also requested UP to name a nodal official to initiate a dialogue with experts.
Informing this, a state government spokesman said that Chief Minister had requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to establish an atomic power plant, through a letter. Referring to the acute shortage of coal in the country, Mr. Yadav, in his letter has also mentioned the near nil possibility of hydro projects in the state. The Chief Minister had requested the prime minister for setting up of an atomic power plant that could generate 5000-6000 megawatt of power, as a viable option.
The Chief Minister has also assured that land and all other facilities would be extended to set up the power plant near Ghaghra river. The letter by Chief Minister also goes on to mention that in this region not many power projects have been established and hence the setting up of the power plant will also help in economic development of the area.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) Mr. V. Narayansami while appreciating the proposal of the state government has also lauded the initiative taken by the UP government to begin work on deliberations and leg work in this direction. In the response to CM’s letter, 2 the union minister has also asked the state government to identify a place for the atomic power plant and has mentioned other aspects of setting up the same.
The union government has also asked for naming of a nodal official to coordinate with experts and pass it on to the atomic power department and the Indian Atomic Energy Corporation. The spokesman also said that the Chief Minister had also requested the prime minister to direct the Nuclear Power Corporation of India to deliberate on the important project with officials. In the letter the CM has also mentioned that in the past the matter had been discussed with the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission and the Union Planning Minister had also given his in-principle approval to such a project.