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India keen on thorium-based reactors

Posted on Feb 27, 10:35PM | IANS

New Delhi, Feb 27 : India is pursuing a research programme for developing thorium-based reactors for generation of power, parliament was informed Wednesday.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy told the Lok Sabha that thorium played a pivotal role in India's nuclear power programme.

"Right from the inception of (the) programme, work has been carried out on various aspects of thorium utilization-mining and extraction of thorium...

"In addition, studies have been carried out regarding use of thorium in different types of reactors," the minister said.