Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh inaugurated the 'Hall of Nuclear Power' . This is Northern India's first permanent exhibition on nuclear power, built in the national capital which is going to be opened to the public at the National Science Centre (NSC).
While inaugurating the Hall, Singh said,"Today is a historic day not only for the Department of Atomic Energy, but for the whole India, since the DAE is one of the few departments whose headquarters are not placed in national capital. There were certain historic reasons for this."
"India's nuclear programme owed its origin and legacy to late Homi Bhabha who lived in Mumbai and set up the country's first ever Atomic Research Centre over there. This peculiar paradox also ended up in a situation where in India's nuclear programme, even though superior to that of most other nations of the world, did not find sufficient visibility or attention in the national capital of New Delhi," he added.
Singh also said that "not only will the Hall be possible to showcase at the union capital, all the great achievements and milestones achieved by India's nuclear programme in the last 60 years, but it will also be a befitting tribute to Homi Bhabha who had the vision and conviction to pledge that India's nuclear programme will be devoted only to peaceful purposes."
He said that in the years to come, as India's energy needs go on increasing, nuclear power will become one of the major sources of energy at competitively affordable rates for the benefit of large multitudes of people spread across the country.
Lauding the National Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) for having made the project possible, Singh said, very soon, he plans to formally write to the Human Resources Department (HRD) and the Culture ministries to ensure that a visit to the "Hall of Nuclear Power" at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, is made an essential part of the itinerary to be followed by schools, colleges and youth groups during their educational and recreation trips to New Delhi. "This would help in inspiring young scientific minds to develop an aptitude for nuclear science and carry forward Dr. Homi Bhabha's mission to the next generation," he said.