Dholera SIR to be developed on Shanghai model – Shri Narendra Modi at Yangshang

Published By : Admin | November 10, 2011 | 09:19 IST

“Gujarat to serve as trade link between Asia and Middle East, Europe”

“Dholera SIR to be developed on Shanghai model”

- Narendra Modi at Yangshang

Ahmedabad, Thursday: Impressed by China’s Yangshan deepwater seaport on River Yangtze, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today resolved to develop the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) on the Shanghai model.

The Chief Minister, leading a 22-member high-level business delegation to China, took round of the China’s deepest seaport at Yangshan after successful visit to Beijing yesterday.

The construction of the Yangshan Port was undertaken by the Shanghai International Shipping Centre in 2002 and completed by December 2005. It spread over 72-km and comprising 16 deepwater all-weather berths with a capacity to handle 20 million tonnes container cargo traffic.

Tanks to Gujarat’s port-led development growth for the last 10 years, 1,600-km long coastline is already with humming with 45 ports, including three major ports, two LNG terminals at Hazira and Dahej, an exclusive Chemicals Terminal Port at Dahej, with two more LNG terminals coming up. A New Port City is also being developed now.

With encouragement to the private sector in port sector, he said that over 70 per cent of the state’s sea trade is routed through private ports. The Gujarat model has lately attracted global attention. He said that Gujarat vision is to serve as a vital trade link between Asia and Middle East-Europe.

The Chief Minister on a five-day visit to China met Indians and their family members over a get-together at Shanghai today. He talked about Gujarat’s all round development and setting new benchmarks during the last ten years.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi wishes success to Indian students pursuing various courses in Shanghai

Ahmedabad, Thursday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressing a group of Indian students from different states pursuing various courses at Shanghai today and wished them success in their pursuits and life.

Mr. Modi, leading a 22-member high-level business delegation to China, met nearly 100 families over a get-together held under the aegis of the Indian community.

They were impressed by the Chief Minister’s detailed talk about Gujarat’s all round development and good governance, setting new benchmarks during the last ten years.

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In a historic milestone marking entry into the vital second stage of India’s three stage nuclear program, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi witnessed today, commencement of “Core Loading” at India’s first indigenous Fast Breeder Reactor (500 MWe) at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister took a tour of the Reactor Vault and the Control Room of the Reactor. He was briefed about the salient features of this reactor.

India has developed comprehensive capabilities spanning the entire spectrum of the nuclear fuel cycle. Government had approved in 2003, the creation of Bhartiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI) to construct and operate India’s most advanced nuclear reactor-Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR).

In line with the true spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, PFBR has been fully designed and constructed indigenously by BHAVINI with significant contribution from more than 200 Indian industries including MSMEs. Once commissioned, India will only be the second country after Russia to have commercial operating Fast Breeder Reactor.

The Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) will initially use the Uranium-Plutonium Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel. The Uranium-238 “blanket” surrounding the fuel core will undergo nuclear transmutation to produce more fuel, thus earning the name ‘Breeder’. The use of Throium-232, which in itself is not a fissile material, as a blanket is also envisaged in this stage. By transmutation, Thorium will create fissile Uranium-233 which will be used as fuel in the third stage. FBR is thus a stepping stone for the third stage of the program paving the way for the eventual full utilization of India’s abundant thorium reserves.

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