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Indo-US Nuclear Deal: The Technology Dimension

Raman Puri

The IUP Journal of Governance and Public Policy, 2007, vol. II, issue 4, 7-14

Abstract: One of the main objectives of the Nuclear Deal is to meet the nation's growing energy needs through accessing nuclear technology. However, there is very little public debate on the relative merits of the technologies available or on the strategies to be adopted for expanding our nuclear power generation capacity. In this context, the article makes out a strong case to press forward with Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) power generation plants and our three-stage fast breeder reactors programme. The Indo-US Nuclear Deal should be seen only as a means to obtain uranium in the short run. In the meanwhile, we should redouble our efforts to mine the vastly superior uranium deposits available in the country (Meghalaya and Andhra Pradesh). The technology shift in the nuclear power generation envisaged in the Deal is ill advised because it makes our country needlessly dependent on the US and others for both enriched uranium and reprocessing.

Date: 2007
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