pm-While speaking during commissioning of the Power Reactor Fuel Processing Plant at Tarapur, Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh said that reprocessing the spent fuel is the key to nuclear power programme. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh while addressing a gathering during commissioning of the Power Reactor Fuel Processing Plant at Tarapur said that India’s atomic energy programme represented a very significant step towards technological and energy self-reliance and security. Dr. Manmohan Singh was commissioning the country’s third power reactor spent fuel reprocessing plant at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Tarapur, about 100 km from Mumbai. He activated a switch which, in turn, started chopping the first spent fuel bundle in the new facility. Calling it a historic occasion, Dr. Singh said that this was a significant milestone in the country’s three-stage indigenous nuclear programme. Construction on the new plant began five years ago. With a 100-tonne annual capacity, it will reprocess spent fuel from indigenous nuclear power plants to be used for fast breeder reactors. Speaking of Tarapur, the prime minister said that it was home to the oldest boiling water reactors in the world. Ending his speech, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that we must pay more attention to capacity building and training the young talent in the country. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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