Kalam’s vision 2020 for Andamans: nuclear power, nuclear submarine and a flat-top
06 Sep 2009 8ak/PIB: Given the strategic location of the Andaman's island, its taken a while for India to develop it to its Naval potential. Inaugurating a conference on ‘Security and Development of the Andaman and Nicobar islands’ in Port Blair, ex-President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam called for a 250 MW dedicated nuclear power station on one of the islands.
Dr Kalam said A&N islands being a vital part of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) of the Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) would have “enhanced significance” in the next decade. The ANC should have bases for static aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine based fleet, he remarked. Dr Kalam called upon the Armed Forces to evolve an effective security plan for underneath the sea, at sea level and in air.
The two-day seminar was attended by experts such as Shri Shekhar Dutt, Deputy National Security Advisor, Shri Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary and Shri R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. The national seminar has been organised by the ANC. Raised as India’s first Integrated Command, the ANC has a unique responsibility in promoting India’s ‘Look East’ policy.
Speaking on the occasion, vice Admiral Vijay Shankar said “Security and development of these islands are the two sides of the same coin. Security without development is point less and development without security is like an able boxer with his guards down. The ANC has always been a catalyst in the development of these islands. We will ensure that security and development is achieved while maintaining the ecological balance.”
During the seminar various speakers such as Mr Shyam Saran IFS, Real Admiral Raja Menon, DIG KR Nautiyal of Coast Guard, Dr R Chidambaram Principal scientific adviser to Government of India, addressed the participants. Topics such as strategic and geopolitical overview of the region, evolution of strategic Concerns, determinants of security of Islands, Chinese and other regional powers interests, India’s foreign policy and the A & N Islands were discussed in detail.
Maj Gen AK Chaturvedi, Chief of Staff of Andaman and Nicobar Command in his closing address said “that there is a great potential for the development of the archipelago but there also are gaps between potential and reality. Through inter-ministerial and multi agency synergy this gap would be bridged. We shall not only provide a security environment where the development will flourish, but also contribute in ways that the look east policy achieves what it aims”
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